It's all over for 20 npower League 1 clubs for another season, but don't for a second expect that means everyone has downed tools and jetted off already for sunnier climes. This next week or two is often where some of the most important work is done.

Players who are under contract for 2012/13 will no doubt be off enjoying some well-earned R&R, but they are the lucky ones. Probably, half of the division are out of contract, and most will be nervously awaiting their fate if they haven't already been told what's happening in regards to their future.

Difficult conversations will be taking place up and down the country. Speaking from experience, I never relished telling a player I was releasing him, or even handing them a contract I knew they wouldn't be happy with, but it was part of the role. If you can't handle looking someone in the eye and telling them they no longer have a job, you're better off doing something else. As tough as that is.

These meetings will be dreaded by all parties, except those in line for a bumper new deal, and they have to be done nice and early. It suits the club to know where it stands in terms of their budget and it's better for the players themselves to know sooner, rather than later if they are being kept on.

Judging by the feedback coming out of Preston North End at the moment, any meeting with Graham Westley isn't likely to have a happy ending. He's planning major changes at Deepdale. The same can be said for plenty of others too, like at Oldham Athletic who let nine players go this week.

It is all well and good me telling you how tough the summer period can be for footballers, but until you see the PFA directory, also known as the 'release list' you won't understand. It's like War & Peace, it's that thick a document and those guys who are out of work really do have the odds stacked against them, especially when costs need to be cut by clubs. If there's a 50/50 call to be made it will likely go in favour of an unproven youth teamer, rather than an older player on a decent salary, in these difficult times.

On the pitch I must send my hearty congratulations to Sheffield Wednesday for their promotion to the npower Championship.

I ribbed the Owls fans earlier this season when they prematurely claimed 'The City is Ours' on a giant banner but I guess they have been proved right in the end. The blue half of the city is certainly smiling more than the other half. As it turned out, Wednesday kept their cool against Wycombe Wanderers and in turn vindicated Milan Manadaric's decision to bring in Dave Jones when he did.

To succeed at the next level I believe Sheffield Wednesday will have to invest in new faces but if they can keep the likes of on-loan Nile Ranger and Michael Antonio they should do well. For me, Antonio looks to have enough ability to hack it in the Premier League.

Well done too, to Stevenage who are busy planning for their Play-Off semi-final against Sheffield United.

Gary Smith has joked that he'll feed his players on 'raw meat and razor blades' in the run-up to the tie, and that's a sure fire sign that they will be up and at it in both legs, attempting to cause a major upset.

Stevenage will be the happier, more satisfied camp, but the Blades do have players with more big-match experience you feel. Both sides will be nervous. If they weren't, something would be wrong, so it will come down to who is able to channel that energy into the right areas.

James Beattie's red card at Exeter City on Saturday and subsequent suspension is a blow to Danny Wilson, especially on the back of losing Ched Evans. They'll be hoping not to receive any more bad news this week.

As for the other semi-final, it's an extremely even match-up between MK Dons and Huddersfield Town. I can't split them.

Both managers have rested key players in recent games, and I would have done the same. The heat is now on those big players such as Jordan Rhodes to come up with the goods when it matters most.

Wrapping Jordan in cotton wool could prove to be a master stroke by Simon Grayson, but might he be lacking sharpness? We're about to find out.

Before I go, I'd like to send my best wishes to Steve Perryman, who was taken ill at the weekend with a heart problem. He's doing a fantastic job behind the scenes at Exeter City and I wish him all the very best in his recovery. Get well soon Steve!