Torquay's player of the season Guy Branston has admitted he is yet to be offered a new deal at Plainmoor.
The 32-year-old centre-back has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career and has helped the Gulls to the brink of the play-offs, earning a place in the PFA's League Two team of the year.
Branston is out of contract in the summer but, despite telling Torquay he wants to stay, he is set to become a free agent.
"The door's now open for other teams to come in for me because Torquay haven't offered me a contract," he told skysports.com.
"I understand the club doesn't know which division they're going to be in but whatever happens, I want to stay here, so why not offer the deal now?
"I'm happy at Torquay United and I've told them that. But now I'm in the situation where I can talk to other clubs and I know there's plenty of interest.
"Clubs worry about your age but they should keep the side that's done well for you then build on that. You don't let it disperse then start again from scratch."
Branston has had a nomadic career, even dropping out of the league to sign for Kettering in February 2008, but he earned a return to League Two with Burton in 2009.
The former Rotherham and Peterborough man then impressed on loan at Torquay last season, signing a one-year deal with the Gulls last summer, and he has put his recent form down to maturity and a settled life on the South Coast.
"I understand the game better now," he said. "I've done my coaching badges, I've done sports psychology and I've done sports nutrition, so I'm eating better, I'm living better, and I'm happier in myself.
"I've got a girlfriend down in Devon now. She's a lovely girl who's kept me more calm and relaxed.
"I think I got carried away as a young lad, looking at each season as being this huge massive thing. But now I take things in small packages. I train my hardest each day, try to build on that the day after, then before each game I think of all the positives from that week.
"That's probably why I've been so consistent and I'm playing better football, because I've learnt to chill a bit and to appreciate what I offer as a person and as a player."
Branston is also in the best shape he has been in for years and believes he still has plenty to offer - in League One or League Two.
"For me to be selected in the team of the year was amazing," he added. "The big thing was that I dropped out of the Football League then got back in. That's unheard of for a defender because you're forgotten about.
"People think 'he's 30 now, he's finished'. But why can't you keep progressing as you get older? Look at Ryan Giggs. He could play in the Premiership till he's 40 so why can't I play League Two till I'm 40?
"I spent seven or eight years challenging in League One and I don't see why I can't get back to that level. Now that I'm even more experienced and I know how to handle myself better both on and off the pitch, why can't I play at that standard again and perform there next year.
"I'm confident I can step up into League One. Other than getting used to a quicker tempo and making sure you keep the ball longer, there's not much difference. I know the divisions now and there's been a vast improvement in my game over the last two or three years."