CHESTER CITY chairman Stephen Vaughan and manager Mark Wright had talks with their out-of-contract defender Scott Guyett over the weekend, but the player has left on holiday without putting pen to paper.
The 29-year-old former Southport and Oxford United player was one of City's cornerstones during their recent Nationwide Conference championship-winning season and both Vaughan and Wright were keen to keep the player on the payroll.
"We offered Scott what we consider to be an extremely attractive package and hopefully he is of the same opinion," said Vaughan.
"The package was a generous signing-on fee, an increase in his existing weekly terms and a two-year contract. Unfortunately the paperwork remains unsigned and the player has now left on a pre-arranged three-week trip to visit his family in Australia.
"Obviously we are disappointed that the player hasn't yet agreed to sign this improved deal. Whilst the contract remains on the table at this present time, we must take into account all contingencies and we will start to talk to possible replacements.
"If that means that we have to conclude a deal with a replacement player in the next two or three weeks then we will do so and the ramifications of that action are obvious."
Vaughan added: "We have to protect the interests of Chester City Football Club, not just the interests of individual personnel. I make no apologies if that statement sounds harsh."
Meanwhile, City's Ben Davies was a member of the Welsh side which clinched the Four Nations Semi-Professional Tournament in the north of Scotland yesterday.
The Welsh defeated the Republic of Ireland 4-1 to top the table, which also included Scotland and England. Wales had previously recorded a victory against the English and drawn 0-0 with the host nation.