Published: 12:00, 26 April 2021
| Updated: 15:47, 26 April 2021
Gillingham manager Steve Evans admits it will be tough to keep the current squad together but there won't be a shortage of free agents this summer.
Evans managed to bring in some freebies last year that have helped to keep the Gills hanging onto the coattails of the teams in the play-off race, with the likes of Kyle Dempsey, Jordan Graham and Vadaine Oliver all excelling. But who will be here next summer?
Asked if he will be able to keep the squad together, Evans said: "It is going to be very difficult because some of them have done really well, that is what it is.
"I didn't see too many people queuing up for them when we brought them in last summer, but they have done very well. They have acquitted themselves brilliantly to how we do things but to be in that elite group, that play-off group."
While several are out of contract there has been continued interest for captain Dempsey.
Speaking to the club media on Sunday, he added: "Had this group been together since last August, statistics tell us we would have been fighting for promotion.
"We as a club must learn we cannot report for a new season with six players and no training facilities, that does not build you the base you need."
The Gills didn't reveal any contract lengths when making their summer signings but it is understood Graham is one of those who is out of contract. Others who are on expiring deals include Connor Ogilvie, Stuart O'Keefe and goalkeeper Jack Bonham. Thomas O'Connor (Southampton) and Olly Lee (Hearts) have both played their part but are only on loan deals.
On Saturday, Evans said he would be talking to the chairman post-season about his own future. He wants to be able to push the club forward and added: "I am here for the fight but we need to have a chance in some of the fights."
Gillingham will certainly be seeing some of their players depart. But what of the rest of League 1? The market will be awash with talent, some beyond the means of the Gills. But here's a look at the players that have their contracts up this summer, from most teams in their division.
*Clubs may have options on extending some of these deals and those aged 24 and under could require compensation paid.
Blackpool: Alex Fojticek, Ollie Turton, James Husband, Luke Garbutt, Nathan Shaw, Grant Ward, Sullay Kaikai, Gary Madine.
Bristol Rovers: Josh Hare, Mark Little, Luke Leahy, Alex Rodman, Tom Davies, Kyle Bennett, Ed Upson, Abu Ogogo, Michael Kelly, Jordi van Stappershoef, Pablo Martinez.
Burton Albion: Ben Garratt, Michael Bostwick, Neal Eardley, Colin Daniel, Reece Hutchinson, John-Joe O'Toole, Michael Mancienne, Danny Rowe, Ryan Edwards, Stephen Quinn, Ben Fox, Lucas Akins, Luke Varney, Mike Fondop.
Charlton Athletic: Ben Amos, Adam Matthews, Deji Oshilaja, Jason Pearce, Jake Forster-Caskey, Erhun Oztumer, Darren Pratley, Ben Watson, Marcus Maddison, Chuks Aneke, James Vennings, Ben Dempsey, Andrew Shinnie.
Doncaster Rovers: James Coppinger, Jon Taylor, Joe Wright, Reece James, Brad Halliday, Madger Gomes, Jason Lokilo, Branden Horton, AJ Greaves, Charlie Seaman, Ian Lawlor, Danny Amos.
Gillingham: Jack Bonham, Sacha Bastien, Connor Ogilvie, Stuart O'Keefe, Matty Willock, Henry Woods, Tyreke Johnson, Jordan Graham, Toby Bancroft.
Hull City: Reece Burke, Jordy De Wijs, Brandon Fleming, Alfie Jones, George Long, Josh Magennis.
Ipswich Town: Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse, Stephen Ward, James Wilson, Freddie Sears, Kayden Jackson, Teddy Bishop, Toto Nsiala, Gwion Edwards, Janoi Donacien, Alan Judge, Emyr Huws, Aaron Drinan, Tristan Nydam, Idris El Mizouni, Ben Morris, Bailey Clements, Liam Gibbs, Levi Andoh, Tommy Hughes.
Lincoln City: Ethan Ross, Zack Elbouzedi, Harry Anderson, Theo Archibald.
MK Dons: Lee Nicholls, Laurie Walker, Matthew Sorinola, Josh McEachran, Jordan Houghton, Ben Gladwin, Andrew Surman, Kieran Agard, Joe Mason, Cameron Jerome, Jay Bird.
Northampton Town: Lloyd Jones, Alex Jones, Alan Sheehan, Steve Arnold, Ryan Watson. Cian Bolger, Shaun McWilliams, Mark Marshall, Ricky Korboa.
Oxford United: Josh Ruffels, Anthony Forde, Rob Hall, Fabio Lopes, Kyran Lofthouse, Michael Elechi, Alex Gorrin, James Henry, Mark Sykes, John Mousinho, Nico Jones, Dylan Asonganyi, Slavi Spasov.
Peterborough United: Dan Butler, Louis Reed, Siriki Dembele, Nathan Thompson, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Sam Cartwright.
Plymouth Argyle: Will Aimson, Joe Edwards, Conor Grant, Ryan Law, Klaidi Lolos, Lewis Macleod, Danny Mayor, Luke McCormick, Byron Moore, Frank Nouble, Ben Reeves, Jack Ruddy, Scott Wootton.
Portsmouth: Jordy Hiwula, Tom Naylor, Andy Cannon, Bryn Morris, Craig MacGillivray, Jack Whatmough, Ben Close, Ryan Williams, Haji Mnoga, Charlie Daniels, Duncan Turnbull.
Shrewsbury Town: Dave Edwards, Scott Golbourne, Ro-Shaun Williams, Sean Goss, Shaun Whalley, Leon Clarke, Ryan Sears, Donald Love, Brad Walker, Curtis Main, Daniel Udoh, David Davis, Ryan Barnett, James Rowland.
Sunderland: Remi Matthews, Lee Burge, Grant Leadbitter, Aiden McGeady, Max Power, Oliver Younger, Josh Scowen, Anthony Patterson, Benji Kimpioka, Charlie Wyke, Chris Maguire, Conor McLaughlin, Jordan Willis, Callum McFadzean, Denver Hume, Luke O'Nien, George Dobson.
Swindon Town: Lee Camp, Dion Conroy, Tom Broadbent, Akin Odimayo, Jonathan Grounds, Paul Caddis, Christopher Missilou, Matty Palmer, Anthony Grant, Scott Twine, Joel Grant, Brett Pitman, Hallam Hope, Harry Parsons, Archie Matthews, Anthony Cheshire, Luke Haines, Massimo Giamattei.
Wigan Athletic: Zach Clough, Tendayi Darikwa, Joe Dodoo, Owen Evans, Lee Evans, Dan Gardner, George Johnston, Jamie Jones, Kyle Joseph, Will Keane, Gavin Massey, Chris Merrie, Alex Perry, Jamie Proctor, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Corey Whelan, Scott Wootton.