Port Vale skipper Marc Richards says their squad must perform in the next few months to ensure they are offered a contract next season.
Vale have put any contract negotiations with existing players on hold, due to the financial situation at Vale Park.
Richards, who has been with the club since 2007, is out of contract in June.
"As long as everyone's performing, people will pick up contracts, whether it's at Port Vale or somewhere else," he told BBC Radio Stoke.
"I've not really thought about my contract. What will be, will be.
"I need to start performing and scoring goals. Ultimately you've got to be working hard and doing the right things to get a contract somewhere.
"I don't think any of the lads are thinking about anything else apart from Wimbledon at the weekend."
Richards turned down interest from higher-level clubs to remain at Port Vale in 2010 and has often stated his desire to stay with the club for which he has scored 67 goals in 182 appearances.
Micky Adams' side lost their third game in a row at Southend on Saturday, and the Vale boss described the performance as "abject" and one of the worst during his time in charge.
"It's something that only the players can affect," added Richards. "The manager and the staff can only do so much.
"They can give us all the information that we need. We were told how Southend would play, but the first two goals summed up that we didn't do our jobs properly.