Now that the season is thankfully over, are we allowed to finally talk openly about which of this years cohort we would like to see don the red and blue next season? The Gaffer's comments yesterday suggest that (finally) he might have realised that many of them are simply not up to the level required. For me, the list of retentions is exceptionally short. I'd really like to see Ryan Hill again as he has shown in the last few weeks, when finally being given a good run of games, that he has fantastic drive and energy. He was our most consistent performer in the last quarter of the season and I'd like to see what he could do with a better team around him. If possible, and I understand it IS possible, we should be looking to secure Ruel Sotiriou for a long-term loan. With Orient going up it is highly unlikely he will get thrown in to the League 2 team so we should be doing all we can to make sure he continues his development with us. I didn't get to see Hector play but if the reports are accurate we should do the same with him. Out of the rest of them, I can only say I would consider a few as 'squad players' for next season, certainly not in any way should they form a consistent part of our starting eleven. Casey Maclaren, Harry Crawford, Oliver Sprague, Luke Ruddick I would accept in this bracket as they have at least shown some ability and fighting spirit at times. Jack Connors would fall in to this category should we be able to prize him away from Dover. Dundas, Downer and Dickson have been useful at points through the season and have had some good games, but I feel at their ages they should not be retained due to the wages they will ask for, the fact that they will probably require contracts, and the ever decreasing lack of game time they can cope with due to injury and recovery time. Lovelock, Bray, Wellard, Joseph and Miller-Rodney can all leave and never return. They have been here all season and have been poor for pretty much all of it. The difference that having a solid keeper like AMB in the sticks for a few weeks made just showed up how far from the standard Lovelock is, even Rian Bray looked like a defender (of sorts) with Ashley behind him. Lovelock is a reasonable shot-stopper but his decision making, aerial ability and distribution are poor. He also gives no confidence to those infront of him (see Bray, R.) Bray has to be one of the worst centre-halves I've seen at this level. He isn't a strong dominating brute, he isn't fast, he isn't a footballing defender, his positioning is often bemusing and he gives away so many cheap free-kicks that put us in difficulty. Basically he does absolutely nothing that you want your CB to do. I accept he is young, but then so was Jack Cook and the difference between the two is wider than the Atlantic Ocean. Wellard, well, I'm not sure what I need to say. What does he actually do? Club captain too! Where has the leadership been all season? No thanks, this is a step (or two) too high for him. Joseph has shown some industry at times but his finishing is poor, he loses the ball a lot and I've seen him fall over way too often. Very little actual contribution. TMR is maybe a little unlucky to be grouped with this lot, but he's just way too prone to making errors to be trusted in this league. He gives the ball away and dives in a lot. If we could find nothing better I could just about accept him being a back-up. There is no way they should be turning out for us next season if we hope to achieve anything other than another season of struggle. Barrington hasn't shown much in his time here for whatever reason. Maybe injuries or fitness, but he's not done much to suggest he is a NLS standard player. Those not involved yesterday that are still knocking around, Whichelow has had flashes but like many others has not been consistent and has had a few injuries limiting his involvement. Oliyide has been a disaster. Is Corcoran still here? That is the lot of them that are left as far as I am aware, bar academy players. I'd like to see a few youngsters given a chance but the lack of a reserve/u-23 side makes it difficult to bridge the gap between the academy and the first team. I understand why we don't have a reserve side (finances and volunteers) but it does mean we have to operate on a smaller squad and send out any prospects or squad players on dual-contracts, rather than keeping them within 'our' club and doing things 'our' way. I also think that too many of this years squad were very distant from the club, too keen to disappear off after a game out of the side door. Maybe that is a consequence of the poor form, but maybe it is a symptom of why we were so poor? Maybe they just didn't buy in to the club. Clearly a lot of work for Gary and the management to put in over the summer. He needs to get it right though as the excuse that all our play-off final squad left and he had to completely rebuild won't wash next time. The credit in the bank that it was a 'hard job' has now run out and we should be ready to hold him to account if we start next season in the same manner that we performed for the bulk of this one. Over to you Gary, show us that you ARE the right man to take us forward.