WANDERERS will seek to ‘re-engage’ with the likes of Ali Crawford and Remi Matthews in the coming weeks in the hope of convincing them to stay at the club in League Two.

The club released a retained list yesterday which hinted that deals would be offered to certain out-of-contract players once a new manager is installed.

A total of 14 professional players could walk away to join a new club for nothing on Wednesday but Wanderers are understood to have already sounded out a few of last year’s squad.

The uncertainty over incoming salary caps has also made it difficult for all clubs to make concrete offers to their top-earning players.

From next season, League Two teams could be limited to spending £1.5million per year on salaries, which will also include agent fees, bonus payments, taxes, and National Insurance.

That would mean that even at the top end of the cap, Wanderers would be carrying their lowest wage bill since Bruce Rioch took the club to mid-table in the old Division One in 1993/94.

There are also ongoing discussions about the transfer window, which the EFL would like to see extended until at least January to ease the financial burden on clubs as they look to return to normal after the pandemic.

The Premier League would ideally fall in line with UEFA recommendation that the window closes on October 5 – although that date could be extended by a couple of weeks to include domestic-only deals.

Some reports claim that the Football Association may have the final say on when the window is closed.

Wanderers may also be stymied by a limit on squad sizes, which is even more constrictive than the one they currently have to adhere to as part of the transfer embargo.

It has been suggested that squad sizes should be kept to 20 – of which eight should be homegrown players – although it looks unlikely that the plan will be voted in by member clubs when they meet next month.

Wanderers have 11 senior professionals as things stand. Along with Harry Brockbank, Ryan Delaney, Liam Edwards, Muhammadu Faal, Dennis Politic and George Thomasson, the club has also recently announced that scholars Ronan Darcy, Adam Senior, Callum King-Harmes, Matt Alexander and Sonny Graham will sign pro deals.

But 14 senior stars - Josh Emmanuel, Joe Bunney, Jason Lowe, Jack Hobbs, Will Buckley, Luke Murphy, Daryl Murphy, Chris O’Grady, Ali Crawford, Jacob Mellis, Remi Matthews, Joe Dodoo, Connor Hall, and Yoann Zouma, will see their contract expire at the end of this month.

The club insist efforts will be made to secure some of the names on that list.

“Talks regarding contract extensions remain ongoing and are scheduled with certain out of contract players,” a statement said.

Meanwhile, Wanderers have confirmed that all scholars aged nine to 15 will be retained by the club next season.

Head of Football Operations, Tobias Phoenix, said: “Due to the unexpected early curtailment of last season, we felt it important that all those under the age of 15 had the opportunity to progress their education with us for at least another season.”