IAN Holloway anticipates further departures from his squad in the coming days following the termination of Scott McDonald's contract last week.
McDonald had played more minutes for the Lions than any other outfield player so far this season but was offered a settlement to cancel his deal early.
The Australian followed Paul Robinson, Josh Wright, Stephen Bywater, Scott Malone, Jermaine Easter and Matthew Briggs through the exit door at The Den.
And Holloway is planning more cuts to his playing staff before the end of the month.
"I've still got too many options and I'll narrow those down by next week for all sorts of reasons," he said. "We need a better balance and to give people some clarity.
"I'm paid to make decisions and some of these decisions I need to make.
"I'm looking at all of my higher earners and considering whether their contracts are going to be renewed.
"If they're not going to be renewed, I'm going to let them go because we need to reallocate our budget in the summer."
On McDonald, Holloway added: "Scott has played quite well this season but as a manager you're paid to make decisions.
"Scott did whatever I asked of him and I thank him for his effort and wish him all the very best for the future."
Briggs, meanwhile, will spend the final six months of his contract on loan Colchester.
"Briggs needs to play," Holloway said. "He wasn't going to play much here and he knew that.
"The kid deserves a chance to play and I don't feel we're the right club for him. Mark Beevers can cover left back."