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All my players want non-contracts!

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Currently halfway through my first season with Dorchester (BSN), doing alright with a 3rd place and slowly climbing towards the first spot. Anyway, it's almost the 1st of january, and I thought it would be wise to look at which contracts I would extend. I have about 10 player contracts (part-time) that are expiring in june 2011, and thought to extend about 4 of them. The others are crap or are on wages too high for their qualities.

However, it turns out to be pretty much impossible to extend the contracts of these 4 players. They are currently on part-time contracts with wages between 150 and 350 euros a week. Every single one of them, now wants a non-contract with an appearance fee ranging between 250 and 375 euros. I've tried offering them part-time contracts, but they keep on refusing. If I lock the option of part-time contract, 2 of them have refused to talk any further with me. All the players I have offered a contract are regulars and had either very good or superb morale before entering the contracts. What's up?

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Bumping this one on top, kind of afraid to continue my game cause I don't wanna risk losing my star players ;)

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I've had this issue a bit too - it's like every player thinks they're above your club and thus doesn't want to be tied down to a proper contract. I usually just offer a part-time contract to my key players with maybe a slight payrise and if they don't take it, I leave it until the end of the season when they often will. If squad players want non-contracts I usually oblige as it saves my wage budget, and if someone comes in for them and I offer a new non-contract, they generally come back with "I'm very happy with the offer....". Just got to watch the appearance fee, I don't pay one that is more than I'd pay them weekly on a part-time deal anyway.

It's a really good feature in theory but I don't think it's been implemented that well.

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There isn't anything you can do if they reject it when you lock Part-time. If you are afraid somebody will come along and sign them immediately for free, check this out.

Basically what CityAndColour said - just re-offer the same contract when an bid comes.

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You would think that, if half of the season has gone with no one higher up coming in for them, at least some players at a lower level would want to sign the security of a part time deal. I've even tried it with the "leave at any time" clause included and they don't want a bar of it.

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Ahh, that's what I was afraid for. Another issue with the non-contracts then I think, as these players are already on part-time contracts so it's weird that suddenly they all demand non-contracts, right?

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Well, I'm a bit further in-game now and they still only want the non-contracts. However, some of the players have a really high potential (as in, 18 year old kids already being my stars with good stats) and I don't want to risk them walk away on a non-contract for free, instead of catching 100k for them. I can't imagine no other LLM-players are struggling with this?!

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I'm certainly finding that where I have brought players in on youth contracts and played them in the first team, at the end of the season they want to go non-contract with exorbitant per-game rates rather than part-time. Classic example, my starting left winger (in BSN 2011-12) asks to go from youth hot prospect to non-contract hot prospect at £250/game and £250/goal; if I lock in part-time and offer backup status, he'll suggest £275/week... and £230/game and £230/goal. So actually, I'm better off signing them non-contract as it's massively cheaper!

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I get around it, offer them a part-time contract, Key-player, then you can offer them up to 2-3 years length at around £30-40. Then I just change their status to rotation. Works well with my Evo Stick Prem team.

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