Paul Dickov is confident he has a strong base with his dozen contracted players from which to build a promotion push.
But the Rovers boss is still waiting to discover if he will still have those players for the League One campaign ahead.
It is understood that a number of currently contracted players have clauses in their deals allowing them to leave the club in the event of a relegation.
Defender Paul Quinn is the latest to be linked with such a clause with speculation suggesting he is considering his options despite having a year left on his current deal.
The clauses are the reason why the release of the club’s retained list has been delayed until the last possible moment, giving the players the maximum time to consider their options.
Youngsters Liam Wakefield, Alex Peterson and Harry Middleton have already all been offered new contracts.
Dickov insists he would have been pleased with the basic squad he was left with regardless if Rovers remained in the Championship.
He said: “We’ve got a group of contracted players that we believe is a fantastic base for us.
“We always thought that regardless of whether we stayed up or went down.
“Some of them know how to get out of this division.”
Dickov also admitted relegation had made the task of keeping players at the club more difficult.
“It’s more difficult than it would have been,” he said.
“I’ve got a decent record of getting players in that people wouldn’t have thought we could in the first place.
“It’s about working out the best way forward for us to get promoted next season.”