Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll hopes players can retain focus while their future is resolved
SEAN O'Driscoll hopes Nottingham Forest can act quickly to resolve the futures of some of his key players.
Seven senior Reds players are out of contract in the summer and not all have yet been officially offered new deals.
Negotiations have taken place with goalkeeper Lee Camp and early talks have been staged with the agents representing several others.
But with key figures such as Dexter Blackstock, Lewis McGugan, Radi Majewski and Andy Reid also out of contract, along with Brendan Moloney and Marcus Tudgay, O'Driscoll knows much remains up in the air.
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The manager is set to meet with the owners, the Al Hasawi family, in the next two or three weeks to discuss the definitive blueprint for the future.
But in-depth talks with some players may not take place until that happens.
"The sooner we can resolve the situation the better it will be for everyone," said O'Driscoll.
"It is the way football is going, nobody gets too many long contracts these days. They are always one or two years. Every season you find yourself with five or six players out of contract."
In the meantime, O'Driscoll hopes the current sense of unity within the squad can be retained before and during any future negotiations.
"We have to make sure that we do not treat players any differently, if they cannot agree a contract," he said.
"And, from their point of view, they have to make sure they are still playing as hard as they can.
"There is honesty among the players and the staff here so, whether we sign the players who are out of contract to new deals or not, that will continue.
"It is something that can cause an air of uncertainty at a football club.
"If the atmosphere changes just slightly, all of a sudden it becomes more difficult to work."
Serious negotiations have been held with Camp's representatives, with the keeper confirming last month that he hoped something could be agreed.
"It is ongoing. People are still talking. That is how negotiations work," said O'Driscoll. "Both parties have to dance around each other. That is normal.
"Clubs probably offer too little, agents probably want too much and then there is a standoff. Slowly you get to a point where you agree what is fair. Then it is a decision for both parties."
Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening is on the verge of a loan move to Championship rivals Barnsley.