CRAIG MORGAN has issued Wrexham with a contract ultimatum: "Pay me more, or I'll leave."
The 19-year-old centre-back, whose Dragons deal ended earlier this summer, has been offered a new two-year contract by manager Denis Smith.
But he has so far refused to put pen to paper, despite the club announcing on its official website on Tuesday that he was poised to do so.
Morgan said: "The deal I've been offered is not suitable.
"It would be difficult to live on what I've been offered. I'm just after a fair deal and the club hasn't offered me a fair deal."
He added: "They've offered me more than I was on last year, but it's not very much more at all. They need to offer me more money if they want me to stay."
Morgan has put contract negotiations in the hands of his agent, Lee Payne, while he has got on with pre-season training with the rest of the Dragons squad.
Ever since his first-team debut at the age of 16 in the 2001-02 season, Morgan has been linked with a move away, Leeds United being the first to reportedly show an interest.
But the Wales under-21 international from Conwy has so far been unable to convince manager Smith he is worthy of a regular run in the side. He started just one league game in the 2002-03 season and only 14 last term.
Smith yesterday insisted the club had not received any formal offers for Morgan, but the talented defender's departure would come as a significant blow to the Wrexham manager's pre-season preparations.
As Morgan is below the age of 24, the Dragons would receive a compensation payment if he were to join another club.
Meanwhile, Smith is stepping up his search for two left-sided players.
The departure of wing-back Paul Edwards to Blackpool leaves Wrexham short of cover on the left and Smith is working hard to address the problem.
He said: "I've spoken to an attacking left-sided player and I'm hoping for a final answer soon. Ideally I need two left-footed players - one who's more defensive-minded and another who can play further forward."
Smith confirmed defender Andy Holt, who is a free agent following his release by Hull City at the end of last season, is "one of several options" he is considering.
* WREXHAM will discover their Carling Cup first round opponents this morning when the draw is made at the Football League's operations centre in Preston.
But there is no chance of them landing a tie against Leeds United, Wolves or Sunderland - as the fallen Premiership giants and the Dragons are among the 19 teams seeded in the 38-strong northern section.
Wrexham will play an unseeded side from the northern group, which includes teams that finished in the lower reaches of Division Two last season and sides from the League Two (formerly Division Three), including rivals Chester City.