Berwick fans are coming to terms with the fact that they may have to go into next season without either or both of last season’s leading scorers.
So far player-manager Colin Cameron has secured the services of 16 of the 2013-14 squad, but skipper Lee Currie and striker Darren Lavery are not amongst their number.
Both are keen on full-time football, and Cameron says that if they get the chance to further their career, he would not stand in their way.
The pair, who scored 35 goals between them during the last campaign, both attracted attention from other clubs during the January transfer window, but Rangers were able to fend them off with a push for the play-offs proving to be a tangible lure.
Both have been offered new deals to stay at Shielfield, as Cameron looks to better this year’s fifth place finish, but so far neither have accepted.
“It would be a blow if we lost them,” said the manager, “but players want to progress up the ladder and we would not want to stand in their way at this stage of their careers.
“We are looking at alternatives should either or both of them leave.”
Only last week a further five players put pen to paper to extend their contracts to May 2015.
They included full-back Devon Jacobs, defender Dean Hoskins, midfielder Ben Miller and front men Scott Dalziel and Dean Carse, who figured mainly with the Reserves last season.
They join goalkeepers Billy Bald and Michael Andrews, defenders Stephen Tulloch and Jonny Fairbairn, midfielders Steven Notman, Ross Gray, Paul Currie and Cameron, and strikers Andy Russell, Kenny O’Brien and Josh Morris, who had already signed up.
Cameron has previously revealed that he also wants to look at central defender Dougie Brydon in pre-season before making a decision. Brydon missed the whole of the last campaign with a pelvic/groin injury but hopes to return this summer.
Three players have already moved on with defenders Michael Dunlop (East Fife) and Ross Drummond (Dunfermline) both returning to their parent clubs at the end of their loan spells and utility player Damien Gielty quitting the country to go and live and work in Amsterdam with his family.