Rotherham boss Paul Warne says there is no moral duty to offer Jonson Clarke-Harris a new deal.
The 22-year-old striker, who is out of contract in the summer, has missed virtually the entire season with a knee injury sustained in pre-season but has recently returned to the first-team fold.
The club have a year’s option on Clarke-Harris’ deal, but Warne insists it is not cut and dried that they will be triggering it.
“If he performs to a level and proves that he wants to be here then potentially a contract could be there,” Warne said.
“But if he doesn’t do that I don’t think the club has an ethical responsibility to offer him a new deal.
“If Jonno gets back to his best or shows he is getting back there I would presume there would be something there for him. We have got an option to keep him here for a year.
“If he would accept it or not is another thing, footballers are complex characters. It is up to the lad, if he doesn’t want to accept what we offer.
“He has bee unlucky this year. I need to see him in games. He has to try and impress all of us or potential employers elsewhere. I don’t honestly know which way that will go yet.”