IAN Holloway won't wait forever for his out-of-contract stars to sign new deals.
Millwall are currently in talks with David Forde, Lee Martin and Carlos Edwards but Holloway has warned the trio that he is actively looking to replace them.
Holloway will treat existing members of his squad like any other transfer target and could switch his attentions elsewhere if negotiations stall.
He said: "Until they sign for me, I have to try to replace them.
"That is all you ever do as a football manager – you have to always look for replacements and the more replacements you find, the easier it is to get a squad together.
"As a club, you have to set yourself up to replace the workforce that you've currently got.
"I'm not talking about people who haven't actually signed for me yet.
"What I'm looking forward to is getting back from holiday and finding people who want to play for me.
"If it's those ones, great, but in the meantime I'll look at who else is out there."
The Lions last week released Shane Lowry, Liam Feeney and Jack Smith, while Liam Trotter's loan move to Bolton has been made permanent.
But Holloway has confirmed that another member of his squad, Simeon Jackson, will not be returning to The Den next season either.
"He will get a fresh start somewhere else," the Millwall boss said.
"I don't think we were ever going to get Simeon long-term anyway. I tried to utilise him and I'm glad he came."
Meanwhile, Holloway says the futures of loanees Steve Morison and Owen Garvan are out of his control.
"Owen has got a year to go on his contract at Crystal Palace – and on a lot more money than we can pay him," Holloway said.
"He's got a contract with them so it won't be my decision – that will be down to Tony Pulis.
"Morison is another one who is out of our league unless Leeds decide to do a deal with him. I can't control these scenarios.
"Wherever these loan players stood with their clubs, we managed to manipulate a situation where we could pay a very small percentage of what they were earning.
"Owen put the cross in for the winning goal that got us the last three points and Steve scored eight goals for us, so I think him for what they did.
"But their circumstances now belong to them – their own families and their own agents – and I don't know where that's going to go."