Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says improving the club’s personnel is the best way for the club to keep moving forward.

That in turn could see under contract players leave the club this summer as part of the recruitment process at Ewood Park.

Mowbray will head to India later this week for meetings with the club’s owners to discuss their ambitions, and proposed budgets, for next season.

The Rovers boss is keen to strengthen a squad which finished 15th in the Championship last season after winning promotion from League One.

He has made is clear that under contract players could leave, but won’t be forced out, during the ins and outs of the transfer window.

Mowbray said: “The reality in football is that we need to keep moving on and try to improve our personnel in order to get better, which is what we’ll try to do this summer.

“In moving forward, the odd player might get left behind, but they should look and see the positives they’ve contributed to this club.

“This group gave everything for the badge last season, and they’ve done it again this time around.

“We pretty much have the same group, barring a few additions, so for them to show some passion for the badge while working and fighting day in, day out against some quality opposition, is great.

“I’ll be hoping for the same next year, because I’m very proud of them.”

Rovers are in the process of finalising their retained list which has to be submitted before the end of this week.

Five first team players see their contracts expire next month, including Paul Downing who is currently out on loan with Doncaster Rovers who are in League One play-off semi final second leg action on Friday.

However, Rovers already have 24 players who made first team appearances this season under contract for at least another 12 months.

That leaves Rovers will room for negotiations, with Mowbray has also hinted the possibility of swap deals including some under contract players.

Whoever is at the club next season however, will be part of what Mowbray hopes will be a more possession-based style of play.

The boss is keen to move away from a reliance on striker Danny Graham, something which Mowbray feels his side have shown in the final six games of the season in which they clocked up 13 points.

“We’ve played against some good teams this year that we took out of their strides,” Mowbray said assessing the season.

“It is encouraging because it shows we’re adapting to a different style of play which doesn’t force Danny Graham to be the focal point that we bounce the ball off.

“I hope we’ll see a lot more of it next season.”