Coventry boss Andy Thorn has appealed to the club's board to offer a new contract to Martin Cranie.
The defender's contract expires in the summer and Thorn is urging them to take action with the 25-year-old open minded about his future.
Cranie has made over 100 appearances for the Sky Blues but is reportedly assessing his options following their relegation from the npower Championship.
"I've asked the club to speak to him regarding re-signing and we'll see where we go with that," Thorn told the Coventry Telegraph.
"I'd like to keep Martin because he's been terrific and he's formed a decent partnership with Richard Keogh and they are the right age for us as well.
"None of the lads want to play in League One but it's something we have to do and if we can do what Southampton did by keeping hold of a lot of their players we can hopefully achieve what they have."