Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed the club may be forced to sell their prize asset Matt Murray if they do not make it back up to the Premiership at the end of the season.
The injury-plagued Murray's form this season has been superb  in this only his second campaign as a first-team regular at the age of 25 - prompting the inevitable speculation that, if he stays fit, he is bound to attract interest from higher up.
McCarthy revealed at one of the club's Fans Parliament meetings on Wednesday night that they may be forced to sell come the end of the season when Murray will only have a year left on his contract, if only to avoid a repeat of last summer's frustration when they lost Kenny Miller to Celtic on a 'Bosman'.
But McCarthy has made it quite clear that Murray is not 'for sale', that they are having talks with him about a new contract and that they are simply facing the future with an air of realism.
"I wasn't suggesting that we're looking to sell any players," said McCarthy. "But we've had a discussion with Matt, he's got 18 months left on his contract and we'd like him to sign another one. He's keeping fit, he's got a regular place in the team, he's doing well for us and a nicer bloke you couldn't hope to meet.
"For those reasons we want him to stay. But I'm pragmatic and know that you can't always have things your own way. Players have the right to keep their options open but if in six months' time he has not re-signed, then no way will we let his contract run out.
"Matt is enjoying himself at the moment and if we're pushing for a promotion place then hopefully he'll think this is the best place to be."
Meanwhile, Wolves striker Craig Davies has been called up by Wales for next Tuesday night's friendly with
Liechtenstein at Wrexham's Race-course Ground, despite being in the middle of a five-game suspension.
Davies was sent off in an Under-21s game against Israel earlier this year, but the suspension doesn't affect friendlies, and Wales boss John Toshack wants to give a run-out to the striker, who is on a year-long loan from Verona and so far has made just one league start.