FALKIRK have offered impressive midfielder Craig Sibbald a new deal to keep him at the Championship outfit.
But assistant boss James McDonaugh admitted the youngster could be tempted to move with reported interest from Premiership sides as well as Nottingham Forest.
Sibbald, who made his debut at just 16 in 2011 and has played over 200 games for the team, is out of contract at the end of the season.
McDonaugh, who joined the Bairns after seven years at the Hibs Academy, admitted: “The club have offered Craig a contract.
“It’s one of those ones where we want him to stay, but you have to appreciate what he has given the club and what he wants for his own future.
“We’re a club that tries to do the right thing for everybody. We try to put the best team we can on the pitch for the fans, but you also can’t stand in a player’s way if they are to progress.
“With the money that’s in the game nowadays, it’s hard to stop players going and doubling or tripling their wages elsewhere, especially if the club also stand to benefit.
“The disappointing thing for clubs is when they build a player up and then lose them for nothing, but that’s not the case here.”
McDonaugh added: “Craig will be desperate to prove himself at another level, although he is a Falkirk boy and we’d be delighted if he plays here next season.
“It’s for Craig to decide, but he’s contracted here and if he does move then we’ll get a decent amount of money for the time and effort that’s gone into his development.”