Stevenage are already fully engaged with planning for League One - in fact they have been looking to get going for a number of months. 

The confirmation of their elevation to the old third division came with a 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town on Saturday, sparking jubilant scenes at the Lamex Stadium. 

That meant that preparations could step up a gear, with one of the next plans being the retention and release talks of the current squad. 

Manager Steve Evans said: “I'll present my thoughts to our chairman next week after Barrow, it wouldn't be fair to do it before, and I’ll go through them with them with Leon and the board.  

“Then, hopefully, I'll get the tick in the box to go ahead with the individual player meetings that every manager has and we'll go from there.  

“Planning for next season is already well under way. I’ve been working with Leon on a plan of where we are for three months and that plan continues to roll.  

“It's a moving goal post, you never say I like that player and we'll go back and see him in two months and try and sign him.  

“We identified a number of players at different levels three months ago and we’ve had them tracked, we've had reports done and we've watched them live so we know exactly where we're heading, providing we can sign them of course. 

“And, obviously, we have to speak to our current group because the balance of this current group is wonderful. You cannot throw away something that's just unique in some dressing rooms.  

“The spirit in the camp is a large part of where we are and the big characters in that dressing room, the leaders and the characters, I'm sure most of them will be here.”  

There will be some, however, whose journey with Stevenage will end after the game at Holker Street. 

The boss though knows that emotion cannot come into the conversations, regardless of the spirit in the League Two group. 

Evans said: "You have to detach the personal from the professional but when I wake up on the morning of the meetings, I won't be feeling great because there's some lads you have to look in the eye and give them news they don’t want to hear.  

"By the same token, you're giving a lot of lads news they do want to hear, that you want them to be a big part of the continuing journey.  

"You have to be professional and get through the meetings but before and after, it's not very nice day.  

"The thing about football though is it always about the future. When we are six games into League One next season, nobody will be talking about the success or the performances or the goals of this season or beating Aston Villa.  

"They'll remember it for life, but they'll be talking about the game that's just happened on the Saturday."