Crawley manager Sean O'Driscoll says he has done all he can to persuade Eunan O'Kane to join the club from Torquay.
The League One side held talks with the 21-year-old midfielder this week.
O'Driscoll told BBC Sussex: "He's starting the process of where his future lies. We had a good chat and told him the plans for the club.
"He needs to step his career in the right direction and we think this would be a sensible move. But he will have other options, I'm sure."
O'Driscoll added: "I'm impressed with the boy - he's very articulate and knows what he wants.
"He's not really interested in who pays the most money. He's more interested in if this is right move for him, career-wise.
"We've done what we've done and are just waiting to hear back."