Paul Jewell is hoping Jason Scotland will accept Ipswich Town's offer of a new deal after admitting the club will not be triggering a clause in his contract.
Scotland has started 17 games in the Championship this season and, if the striker starts two more fixtures, he will be entitled to a new deal on his current terms.
However, with Ipswich looking to reduce the wage bill, Jewell acknowledged the contract situation will impinge on his team selection, unless the 33-year-old agrees a new deal.
"The clause that he's got we can't afford to give him basically," said Jewell in the East Anglian Daily Times.
"If the clause is triggered it's decent money and with this financial fair play rule, and the tough economic climate, we are having to look at reducing wages.
"I never wanted to get into this situation where I couldn't play a player because of a clause because that's messy for everybody.
"Jason has met with Simon (Clegg) and I'm not quite sure of the outcome on that yet. I think the club have made Jason an offer and I believe he is considering it.
"Jason understands the situation. He knows he's a year older and he's been very reasonable about it. I don't know what the figures are, they're not really for public domain anyway, but the new contract will be on lesser terms.
"He'll continue to be a valuable member of our squad over the remaining games because it's not all about the players that start a match, it's about having options that can change the game too."