Rotherham hope they are “not a million miles away” from seeing Richie Smallwood, Joe Mattock and Richie Wood pen new deals at the club.
The out-of-contract trio were offered fresh terms by the club last week but none of them have yet accepted.
All three initial offers represented a significant reduction from their previous contract and the Millers are now negotiating in hope to tie them down.
The delay in them accepting perhaps hints at the disparity between the three’s expectations and the original offer on the table.
Smallwood, Mattock and Wood all spoke publicly about their desire to stay at the club, despite relegation to League One.
Talks have been ongoing but they are expected to reach a head soon.
“The conversations are still ongoing,” assistant manager Richie Barker told Millers Tine.
“There were negotiations where they were never going to accept the first offer and we were probably not expecting them to.
“I don’t think it’s a million miles away in terms of reaching an answer one way or the other.
“I am hoping we can come to an agreement with all three. I think they all have a part to play.
“All three have a bit of an affinity with the club. I am hopeful and positive that something will come of it.”
As much as the Millers want to keep the three men at New York Stadium they will not break the bank to do it, nor will they wait around too much longer for an answer.
Barker says that a deadline will be put on their final offer, probably some time next week.
“As much as they will want to move on if they don’t want to sign, we have to move on as well,” Barker added. “That point will be reached in the next week.
“If we manage to get all three, we have done pretty well. If we don’t, so be it , and we will move on.
“They are entitled to speak to other clubs and see what is out there for them. No one has an issue with that. If they decide to come back, then that is great, but we will need to give them a timespan to make a decision.”