WREXHAM manager Denis Smith will give his out-of-contract play-ers time to decide whether their futures lie at the Racecourse, writes Paul Wheelock.
Although the boss wants to avoid a repeat of the situation he encountered with Lee Trundle two summers ago - when the striker's contract negotiations dragged on before he eventually left on a free for Swansea City - he is prepared to bide his time.
Smith, who only has eight of his squad on deals lasting longer than June, said: 'I've spoken to a lot of the players - but not all of them - and left it in their hands. I know everybody wants to know who is exactly coming and going, but I think that's too frivolous.
'This is players' futures we're talking about here so I can't say who will be staying or leaving because they have until June 21 to decide.
'But obviously I would prefer to hear before then because I need to plan for next season.'
One player who will not be playing in League Two with Wrexham come August is Welsh international Steve Roberts, who on Monday left on a free transfer to team up with brother Neil at Doncaster Rovers.
Although Smith is disappointed to lose the home-grown 25-year-old, he understands his reasons for going.
He said: 'He's left on the best terms because he's only doing what he feels best for his future.
'He's an organised lad who's getting married shortly so he needed to get something sorted. We would have
loved for him to stay here but we couldn't offer him a contract earlier in the season because the club simply wasn't in the position to do that.
'He'll be playing in a higher division but hopefully it won't be too long before we're facing him again.'
Dragons fans are fearing Roberts's departure will be the first of many, with the promising Craig Morgan wanted by Milton Keynes Dons and Swansea, while Carlos Edwards and top scorer Juan Ugarte are being tracked by Championship teams.
Smith admits they will be tempted by the prospect of more money and a higher standard of football. But he feels there are plenty of reasons for them to put pen to paper on new deals with Wrexham.
Smith, who is out of contract himself but says he wants to stay on as manager, said: 'This is a lovely area to live. The Racecourse is a tremendous place to play your football and we've got top-class training facilities.
'The potential is here for us to get better and if we get new owners on board we can get back up.' * Wrexham have arranged their first pre-season date, at Witton Albion on Wednesday, July 13.