Sheffield Wednesday narrowly missed out on promotion from League One back to the Championship this season and Darren Moore will have to sort the squad to his liking again this summer.
The Owls already have a solid roster, with the side pushing into the top six in the second half of the season and offering good value for money. However, some of their better players like Jordan Storey were only on loan and returning to their parent clubs, so signings are required.
To make room for more players that Moore wants alongside, he may need to discard some players that are superfluous to the requirements. That could mean some players will be shown the door this summer.
So here are two Wednesday players who could be in for an uncertain few weeks.
Massimo Luongo has been great coming onto the field on Wednesday this season, scoring five goals in 25 league games for the club during the season.
If he’s fit and firing, he can be one of the club’s best and most influential players in midfield. He remains important to the team and that is why they have offered him a new contract with Hillsborough to keep him at the club beyond this summer.
However, unless he signs a new contract with the Owls, there will likely be a lot of interest in his services – possibly including from higher circles in the Football League. It could then be food for thought for the player if they fancy another crack at league football.
However, Wednesday would guarantee him regular action – so his future could depend on whether or not he is willing to take the risk of trying to return to the second tier for next season or not.
Another player who has been offered new terms at Hillsborough is Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and boss Darren Moore is no doubt keen to keep him for a full season next season.
Like Luongo, he has only played 18 league games this season on Wednesday but still produced three goals and his experience has been invaluable to the rotation team. The 30-year-old has plenty of experience and could produce even more for them next season in League One.
However, it looks like there might be interest in its services from other quarters. The star has reported – before the retained list was released – that other clubs are considering possible deals for the forward and could make moves for him in the off-season. If some of those teams are in the league, he could be tempted into an exit.
However, there is a deal on the table for him – it just depends on whether he decides to go back to League One with his current side or try to move up the divisions again.