Central Coast defender Josh Rose is hopeful the Liam Reddy saga can be dealt with quickly so both the stood-down goalkeeper and disrupted club can move on.
Reddy is expected to depart the Mariners following his indefinite suspension nearly two weeks ago over alleged ongoing disciplinary issues.
The ban follows a number of off-field incidents that stem back to the pre-season, when he was also suspended.
It's understood the two parties have been unable to reconcile their differences and are negotiating a payment for the final year of the 34-year-old's contract .
Reddy has the backing of the players' union, Professional Footballers Australia, who have accused the Mariners of bullying tactics and not following due process.
Rose was reluctant to discuss the details of Reddy's case, only saying the issue had affected everyone involved.
"I'm good mates with Rocket, we have kids the same age and we hang out quite a bit," Rose told AAP.
"He's doing alright. He's obviously upset with the situation and things like that.
"But he realises he's been told he's not wanted there, and that's fine.
"I just think that both parties need to mutually agree something now so each other can get on with what they want to get on with.
"It's just best if everything gets settled quicker rather than later, then everyone can move on."
It's believed Reddy is one of at least two senior players who have been openly critical of coach Tony Walmsley's style and tactics, fearful their new emphasis on attack has left the Mariners too exposed defensively.
However, a diplomatic Rose believes the controversy surrounding Walmsley and owner Mike Charlesworth's approach had been "beat up a fair bit", saying he enjoyed the attack-minded approach.
He also said Reddy's recent claims were not necessarily a criticism of Walmsley's tactics.
"I didn't think it was him criticising the style," Rose said.
"It was just him basically saying what had been said all pre-season, that we are going to play an attacking style and we are going to take risks, and we are going to be left vulnerable at times.
"And it's true, we are. As players we need to deal with it and figure out where we're going wrong and improve."
The debacle has put Reddy's A-League career on the rocks, with former Mariners coach Graham Arnold having already thrown him a lifeline after being dumped by Sydney FC in 2012 for being drunk on a team flight.