Joe Colbeck has turned down a new long-term contract at Bradford City, but Michael Boulding has offered to take a pay cut to stay at Valley Parade.
The Bantams had been keen to secure Colbeck's future, but the young winger has opted to stay on a week-to-week deal with the League Two club.
Bradford boss Stuart McCall feels Colbeck is taking a gamble by rejecting the contract and does not believe the 22-year-old wants to leave.
"I thought we made him a decent deal, but we weren't able to agree with Joe and his advisor," McCall told the Telegraph & Argus.
"Joe doesn't want to go and in his mind he's going to go out and be the best he possibly can for us, then come knocking on my door next year and asking for a contract he thinks he should be getting.
"It's his decision and I admire his focus and self belief. I genuinely hope the gamble - because it is a big one - does pay off."
Meanwhile, Bantams striker Boulding is willing to accept a drop in his wages as McCall seeks to balance the books for next season.
Boulding, who has a year left on his contract, said: "I have talked to Stuart and have said I would be prepared to take a cut. We just need to sit down and talk about it.
"It's difficult for me to say too much, but I don't want to leave Bradford. As long as the club still want me, then I want to be here. I don't want to stay and sit around just picking up wages because that's no good to anybody."