Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell admits he is unsure whether Gareth McAuley and David Norris will remain at the club next season.
Both players have been offered new deals but have yet to put pen to paper.
"The ball is in the players' courts, we've made them offers and they're thinking them over," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"It shouldn't have come down to this late, as a club we've got to make sure we don't make the same mistake again."
Midfielder Norris, who was voted Town's players' player of the year, and Northern Ireland defender McAuley could make their last appearances for the Portman Road club against Leicester on Saturday, should they fail to agree terms.
"They've been consummate professionals since I've been here," added Jewell.
"It's come so far now we'll let the game go on Saturday and we'll have a debrief next week with all the players and we'll hopefully know where we are."
Former Plymouth man Norris revealed in February that talks over extending his stay in Suffolk had broken down, but these discussions have since been re-opened.
McAuley was tabled an offer at the end of March at the same time as centre-half partner Damien Delaney, who signed the paperwork on a .