Paul Reid has reiterated his desire to secure a summer switch to his hometown club Carlisle.
The defender spent the latter stages of last season on loan at Brunton Park, and began his professional career with the Cumbrians as a teenager.
It has become clear that he no longer figures in Simon Davey's plans at Barnsley, but with a year left on his current deal at Oakwell he is facing a tricky decision.
Reid is prepared to negotiate his release from the Tykes, but needs to ensure that he has a new club willing to take him on before he can enter into such discussions.
"I worked really hard to get into the Championship with Barnsley and, if I was dropping out of it, I would only join a team I believe has every chance of getting into the Championship - and Carlisle fits the bill," Reid told the Carlisle News & Star.
"I think me and Barnsley could come to an agreement and terminate my contract by mutual consent but I can't do that until there is an offer from another club I'm interested in.
"I don't think Barnsley are going to do anything until there is an offer for me. I can't go to ask to be released until I know a club is going to make me an offer.
"It's very much a case of waiting for clubs to come up with offers. I've had offers but they weren't what I wanted."