Rotherham are in real danger of seeing Richie Smallwood walk away from the club after they said negotiations over a new deal weren’t “moving forward”.
The midfielder was offered fresh terms over a fortnight ago, but has yet to sign on the dotted line and talks appear to have reached an impasse.
Smallwood, who ended last season in strong form, initially stated his desire to stay at the Millers, but having been presented with a reduced wage he is clearly having second thoughts.
Assistant boss Richie Barker insists the club have done their best to keep him, but that still might not be enough.
“At this precise minute, he is the least likely to sign,” Barker told Millers Time. “He was made a very good offer, the club have done their best but it doesn’t seem to be moving forward at the minute.
“The club have tried hard to keep him at the club.
“I don’t know if it will be us or him that walks away, we have had to say we need an answer, it is getting close to the point where a decision will have to be made.”
There appears likely to be better news on Richard Wood, who has also taken his time in deciding whether to accept a new deal.
Barker hopes an agreement is close.
“We are hopefully confident that Richard Wood is going to come to an agreement in the next few days but we are only hopeful,” Barker added.
“We are quite a way down the way with that.”