Perhaps the most important name to secure will be playmaker Alex Russell who has been an integral part of the midfield. With his passing ability and control of attacking plays United certainly play better when he is available, as we found to our cost earlier in the season when he was out with an injury.
Brian McGlinchley who has arguably been United's most consistent player this season is also going to be out of contract at the end of the season, and it would be a big loss not to re-sign the talented left back who is staking a claim in being selected for the Northern Ireland squad.
McGlinchley's former Argyle teammate and United Captain Craig Taylor is another of the players who is looking for an extension to his current contract, especially as the signing of Leon Constantine may have blown the wage structure out of the water.
Bateson says that there is money available in the Rainy Day pot for these negotiations, but he is unlikely to be held to ransom by the players for greatly increased demands.
All three players mentioned above will be targets for other clubs, and on free transfers they may be able to command higher salaries elsewhere, especially Russell who has been named in the PFA Division Three Team of the Year.