Coventry City have five senior players who are out of contract next summer, including hugely influential skipper Liam Kelly.
The Sky Blues stars are able to talk to other clubs when the January window opens next month, if they so wish.
The club have secured the futures of a number of players by tying them down to longer or extended contracts in recent months, with the likes of Fankaty Dabo and Michael Rose both signing new three year deals in September and October respectively.
Local lads Jordan Shipley and Josh Eccles have also extended their current contracts, Shipley agreeing a two year extension in July and Eccles signing a new two-and-a-half year deal just last week.
But what about Kelly and his fellow seniors – Max Biamou, Kyle McFadzean, Amadou Bakayoko and Jodi Jones – who have six months left on their City contracts?
Kelly has helped the club on their incredible journey from League Two to the Championship and has been instrumental in City’s upturn in form since being back in the side – his latest contribution coming in the form of two goals at Wycombe Wanderers to help secure the first away win of the season.
The 30-year-old midfielder looks every bit the second tier player and has plenty of years left in him yet.
Elsewhere, Max Biamou is another who has grown with the club from League Two.
Although there appeared to be question marks over whether the striker could step up to the level when he was made available in the last transfer window, the popular Frenchman has since broken into the team and shown that he can compete.
The 30-year-old was outstanding against Rotherham and again proved his worth with an impressive late cameo at Adams Park at the weekend, having become a key member of Robins’s attacking options.
Defender Kyle McFadzean, meanwhile, is in the second year of his contract, having joined the club in July 2019 and helping City gain promotion in his first season with the Sky Blues.
Experienced in the Championship, the 33-year-old has led by example at the heart of the back three in recent weeks, helping City tighten up at the back.
Amadou Bakayoko is in the third and final year of his contract.
The 24-year-old centre-forward joined Coventry in the August 2018, signing a two year deal. City then took up their option of a third year extension last summer.
And finally, Jodi Jones will be out of contract in the summer, having signed an extension last February.
That was before the 23-year-old suffered a third ACL rupture in less than three years in September.
Kelly, Biamou and McFadzean do not have options in their deals so will be free agents in the summer unless offered fresh terms.
Asked if the club have started talks with any of the above, Robins admitted City are not in a financial position at this moment in time, saying: “No. At the end of the day we have a situation where we can’t do much at the minute.
“The Josh Eccles one would have been agreed a long time ago but until we get supporters back and know where we are at and know where we are going to be playing…
“We need to know where we’re at in terms of the finances moving forward. We have to try to move it forward as much as we possibly can incrementally and, like I say, this last year has been very tough and taken its toll on all football clubs.
“But that will be down the line when I start to address that (new contracts).”
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He added: “I have no qualms about those lads at the minute.
“Everyone is giving everything they can do and rightly so because anyone who is out of contract wants to earn a contract and I expect more of the same from them.”