I felt Carlisle United’s goalless draw at Yeovil was an end-of-season match where the already-relegated Glovers didn’t really turn up and we dominated.

As we’ve said a few times recently, if we had a centre-forward, United easily could have been out of sight, but it wasn’t to be. Then, Yeovil came back strongly in the second period and Cumbrian keeper Adam Collin made a couple of great, late, saves as United finished 11th in League Two.

But I think it’s now all about looking forward to see who the Blues can sign in the summer, and leaving the 2018/19 season behind now that the retained and released list has been announced which now means manager Steven Pressley can get on with what he needs to do in terms of recruiting players.

Once again, the lack of an out-and-out striker was apparent at Huish Park on Saturday, but we haven’t really been able to do anything about that over the past couple of months.

So, Carlisle’s staff will be on to looking to boost their forward options now, I’m sure.

They have already brought a left-back in, signing Australian defender Jack Iredale on Tuesday. I think that must have been a deal which has been in place for a few weeks now. Blues boss Pressley says he has already spoken to a few targets so, hopefully, we will be wheeling and dealing right now.

Of United’s current crops, keeper Louis Gray, midfielder Mike Jones, centre-back Tom Parkes, Scot Stefan Scougall and star man Jamie Devitt have had new contract offers tabled. Usually, as a rule of thumb, players reject the first offer and negotiate. But we’ll have to wait and see.

There are a lot of players who are out of contract up and down the country and you can build a new squad every year, which isn’t always a great thing, but if the team has struggled the year before, then the manager gets the chance to really make his own stamp on the squad.

I think, sometimes, it’s important to freshen up a few things in the dressing room. And sometimes, it’s not necessarily always a bad thing if a few go out the door.

Pressley has offered fresh terms to the likes of Devitt, Parkes and Jones and, if you keep them along with Kelvin Etuhu, Macaulay Gillesphey and Hallam Hope, then you can kind of keep the core of the squad together. But then, Pressley needs to go and add his players to it.

Pressley sounds like he wants high-intensity, fit, players who are on the younger side. That might be good because the first-team lads who are already signed on for the 2019/20 campaign are more experienced and you do need that blend.

Monday’s retained and released list threw up a couple of surprises, with Gary Liddle among those released by United.

Unfortunately for Gary, his form towards the end of the season after Pressley came in probably hasn't been great. But, earlier in the season, he was one of the top performers.

Personally, I think he is a very good player, although it might be good for him to go and freshen it up a bit. He has been with Carlisle for a bit more than two years now and has done very well in my book. He’ll get another club and it might just do some good for him.

It’s important to get Devitt signed up as soon as possible.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen with that one. As I’ve said a few times, money wasn’t the problem, he was happy and really likes the club. But what I think the Irishman is looking for is a bit more longevity with the contract - whether that be a two or a three-year deal.

Judging by what he’s done in his career, we know he is going to be a top player at this level for another two or three years so, if he is on wages where he isn’t demanding too much, I think it’s a no-brainer. But we’ll just have to see how that one goes and that one is negotiated.

It’ll be a good summer for Pressley to be able to make his own stamp on the side. He did the right thing. When he first came in, we were on a good run, so he didn’t try to change too many things. 

Unfortunately, things haven’t quite panned out as he would have hoped with our play-off bid but, now, he gets to make his own mark on the team and the way he wants them to play.

It’ll be Pressley’s team next season which is what he’ll want. 

With Keith Curle, when he came in, he managed to get everyone he wanted in over a couple of windows. It’s an exciting time for Pressley.

New signing Iredale first began his football career while he was Down Under before playing for Scottish Championship team Morton. But he sounds like he has always wanted to ply his trade in England and I think it’s a great move for him. 

He’s 23, so he’s at a good age. People might question his experience but, when you get to train every day with better players, you do get the chance to come on a bit.

We’ll be looking for him to hit the ground running next year and, at the moment, we’re not sure if he’ll be first-choice or not. 

But he’ll get the chance to earn his spot in pre-season and, hopefully, he will do that. 

You just need to make sure that you bring in players who have the right attitude and, after half a season with the squad, Pressley has had the chance to see who he wants to keep and let go.

Hopefully, he’ll have a good idea of who he wants, too.