BRISBANE Roar players will have to lift their games to secure contracts with the club past this year, skipper Matt McKay admits.
With some of the club's biggest names coming off contract, McKay says the club's woes mean not many had a particularly strong case fto stay at the club.
There are 19 players all up whose futures beyond this season including McKay, marquee Brett Holman, reigning club champion Corey Brown, imports Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone, utility Ivan Franjic and goalkeeper Jamie Young.
Maccarone, Holman and McKay could retire, but the others could have the decision made for them if their performances don't improve quickly.
"This is our job, so we want to perform at the best of our ability to continue doing our job," McKay said.
"At the moment it's not happening so no-one can really walk into (football director Craig Moore's) office and demand a contract.
"We'll continually work hard and hopefully those results come and some players start to get resigned.
"But if not, then the club can change direction."
McKay and defender Avraam Papadopoulos will return from suspension for Friday night's away clash with Newcastle.
Papadopoulos has missed the last seven games for spitting at Sydney FC's Matt Simon while McKay has been out for two weeks after lashing out at Adelaide's Nikola Mileusnic following a challenge for the ball.
The Roar have lost four of their last five matches, with all of those losses at home.