Michael Morrison is expecting to be offered a new deal at Charlton, but is prepared to 'go down other routes' if necessary.
The defender is soon to be out of contract at The Valley, but has been assured that he remains part of the club's plans.
No extension was put to him prior to jetting off for a summer vacation, but the 26-year-old hopes terms will be waiting for him when he returns.
If not, the former Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday man admits that he will be left with little option but to explore other avenues.
Morrison told the South London Press: "I was at the Player of the Year dinner and people were saying 'sign up, sign up' but because of the situation we've been in it has been slower than what you'd have liked.
"There is talk something will be sorted out - that's all well and good, but is that just lip service? I'd like to think that a contract will be offered before I get back off holiday. Whether it does or not, we'll see.
"If something doesn't get offered to me then I'll have to go down other routes. I knew I was going out of contract and I've spoken to different parties, like anybody would.
"It was the sensible decision for both parties to see what league Charlton would be in. They needed to see what they could offer and I want to play in the Championship - and ultimately the Premier League. You want to see them recruit the right players and go forward as a football club.
"After not signing many last season it was a long, tough season. You want to know it's not going to be like that again and see progression as well.
"You want to see some clear direction. When you look at January we brought in players and a lot didn't play as many games towards the end of the season and at Blackpool only Astrit (Ajdarevic) was available for selection.
"There is a good platform for us to build on and there are quite a few lads I'd like to see sign as well as myself.
"That's the important thing, to keep hold of Ben (Hamer) and Dorian (Dervite) has been fantastic since Jose Riga came in. He's really stepped up to the plate."