Reds chief executive Ben Mansford is worried the club don’t have enough weight to keep hold of star defender Lewin Nyatanga.
Nyatanga scooped the players’ player of the season award and is only one of two players to be offered a new deal.
But Mansford is wary that if a Championship club came calling then the Reds might not be able to keep the experienced centre-back.
“We are going to be competitive [with our contract offer], but if a league above came calling then who knows whether we could be competitive,” admitted Mansford.
“It would be begrudgingly at that point that we would have to accept that Lewin wouldn’t play for us again.
“But I don’t think Lewin is a risk-taker in terms of his contractual status unless he’s absolutely advised the thing to do.
“We’ll continue discussions with his representatives.”
The Star is led to believe that Nyatanga has been offered a new two-year deal to stay, with the possibility of an optional year dependent on wage negotiations.
“I’m definitely not going to big up Lewin Nyatanga and what a remarkable season he’s had because our competitors could be listening,” joked Mansford.
“But in all seriousness Lewin has been excellent. He finished the season as captain.
“I’ve been speaking to his representative and he’s said that Lewin has enjoyed his two years with the club.
“I think he’s definitely enjoyed this season and I think it suits him to be an elder statesmen in a younger group of players.
“I think the group has definitely been comfortable in his presence and his in theirs. And his form has been out there.”