Here are Thursday 3rd April's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Derby County loan players get all-clear for Play-Offs (Derby Telegraph): Loanees Andre Wisdom, Patrick Bamford, George Thorne and Zak Whitbread will be available for the Play-Offs should Derby County be involved.

Pearce set to become Nottingham Forest manager from the end of the season after initially rejecting City Ground post (Mail Online): Stuart Pearce is set to end Nottingham Forest's managerial mayhem - by becoming manager from the end of the season.

Bury's David Flitcroft praises Everton loanee (BBC Radio Manchester): Bury manager David Flitcroft has praised Hallam Hope after the on-loan Everton striker scored in each of his first two games for the Shakers.

Gary Waddock Q&A Part 4: I was gutted when QPR lost in the Milk Cup final ...now I'm delighted Oxford won it (Oxford Mail): It was a hell of a day for Oxford and I can remember it really well. It was a disappointing day for QPR, but a wonderful one for Oxford.

Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson defends Chris Weale axe (BBC Radio Shropshire): Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson insists that there is nothing personal in his decision to drop previous first-choice goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Queens Park Rangers defender earns new deal... with Robert Green set to follow (GetWestLondon): No one in the QPR camp had reason to celebrate the 1-0 defeat to Charlton at the end of February - but it earned Richard Dunne another one-year contract.

Plymouth Argyle to offer striker Matt Lecointe new deal (Plymouth Herald): Plymouth Argyle will offer a new contract to striker Matt Lecointe even though he has not played a game this term because of a long-term knee injury.

Millwall boss says 'cloth will have to be cut accordingly' as 18 players near end of contract (London24): Ian Holloway will decide the future of Millwall's out of contract players after the season is over with 18 players potentially leaving due to their deals expiring or loans ending.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill offers hope to fringe players (Bristol Post): Manager Steve Cotterill has delivered a message of hope for Bristol City's fringe players. The Robins have six games still to play before the end of the League 1 campaign and the former Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth boss is promising to utilise a squad that has been swelled by half-a-dozen loan signings since the turn of the year.

'Beggar' Westley's debt to Swansea and QPR for loan stars sparking Stevenage's survival quest (The Advertiser): Stevenage boss Graham Westley knows if his side manages to avoid falling through the relegation trapdoor this season, it will be thanks partly to the likes of Swansea City and QPR, who have loaned key players to the Hertfordshire club at important stages of the season.

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