SIMON GRAYSON is close to announcing Huddersfield Towns retained list as he starts detailed planning for life in the Championship.
He will hold briefings with his players today and have a series of meetings with chairman Dean Hoyle and chief executive Nigel Clibbens as the week goes on.
"I will be talking with my management staff, with Nigel and Dean and meeting the players both as a group and individually," explained Grayson, whose promotion-winning squad were hailed by fans as they had an open-top bus tour to a Town Hall civic reception last night.
"There will certainly be a retained list coming out soon and sorting that out is difficult for a manager.
"You have just seen a group of players get promoted and yet there have been tough decisions taken on their futures.
"It's not always a nice thing, but it's one you have to deal with as a manager to take the club to the next level."
Grayson believes Town can build following the dramatic League I play-off final success against Sheffield United at Wembley. "I'm delighted we have achieved this for the chairman, Dean Hoyle, because he has put everything into the football club, added the boss.
"He has now got the just rewards he has been looking for and hopefully we can progress and take the club forward, because that's what attracted me to Huddersfield Town when I first spoke to him about coming in as manager."
So what needs to happen in reshaping the squad for competition in what looks a tough and exciting Championship in 2012-13?
"I don't want to put numbers on it in terms of how many we need to bring in, but we need to strengthen", he answered.