THE future of Wrexham's Paul Edwards is hanging in the balance after the 24-year-old yesterday failed to agree terms on a new contract.
Edwards, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery, met manager Denis Smith yesterday afternoon but stalled on putting pen to paper on a twoyear deal.
The out-of-contract star is due for further talks with Smith this morning and, while the Wrexham boss last night refused to concede defeat, he admitted he had spoken to possible replacements.
Smith said: "Obviously, my preferred option is to keep Paul here.
"I want him to re-sign and hopefully we can come to an agreement.
"But I'd be stupid not to have talked to replacements.
"You've got to have plans in place in case players move elsewhere."
Edwards, who joined from Swindon in 2002, is believed to be interesting other clubs.
Smith added: "All players (who are out of contract) have clubs who want to sign them. That's football."
The Wrexham manager has pledged to take the patient approach with Edwards, refusing to set the player a deadline to decide whether he is staying or going.
Of all the out-of-contract players offered new deals by Smith at the end of the season, Edwards is one of only three to have so far not re-signed.
The others are midfielder Jim Whitley, who has verbally agreed to remain at the Racecourse and could sign his two- year deal today, and defender Craig Morgan.
Smith hopes to meet Morgan, 19, for contract talks today.
However, there was good news for Smith yesterday as centre-back Dennis Lawrence finally signed his three-year deal.
The Trinidadian was granted an extension to his work permit last week and flew into the UK on Friday.
A key component of Wrexham's defence last term, Lawrence's decision to commit himself to the Racecourse is a major boost for Smith.
"It's nice to know Dennis has actually signed," said the Wrexham boss. "He's an experienced player and one who's very important to us."
Wrexham are expected to unveil their third new signing of the summer today. Smith was last night keeping tight-lipped as to the player's identity, but confirmed he was a goalkeeper.
Smith is also in the hunt for a left-sided player and has narrowed his search down to two targets.
Meanwhile, the official launch of the Wrexham Supporters' Trust (WST) - a non profit-making organisation supported by the government-funded "Supporters Direct" organisation - is on July 16 at the Centenary Club.
The theme is 1970s legends and members will be given the chance to meet and quiz former Wrexham players like Billy Ashcroft and Dave Smallman.
There are 200 tickets available, on sale at £10 each, which includes a hot-pot supper, and the event is open to members and non-members. To book tickets contact 07981 151958.