Centre-back Pat Baldwin has said he is ready to "walk away from football" if Exeter City do not give him a new deal.
The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer and has spent most of the season out with a knee problem.
"I've got other things planned possibly for next year if I have to walk away from football," Baldwin told BBC Devon.
"If I'm not offered anything at Exeter City I'll possibly think of walking away, we'll just have to wait and see. I've got plans and I'll be fine."
The former Colchester defender made his injury return in the last 10 minutes of Exeter's 2-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two.
It was only Baldwin's eighth appearance of the season for Paul Tisdale's side.
"I've planned for the worst-case scenario, (which is) if I'm not offered anything, so I'll be fine and that's all that matters," added Baldwin.
"I've been doing a degree course and I've said to people before that I'm settled in the area, so I don't particularly want to move from here again."