Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli has hinted that talks will commence on tying down a number of out of contract players at Oriel Park in the coming days.

Following the release of Joshua Gatt last week, there remains 17 players out of contract at the club at the end of the season.

With the league now over and a 12 day period before the next game away to Bohemians in the FAI Cup, it was put to the manager that now could be a good time to begin talks with players he wanted to keep hold of.

“Of course. It’s a process that we are talking about,” he said.

“The input comes from the club. I give technical input but the input is coming from the club and probably we’re going to start to discuss.

“It’s going to be more complicated now because now the focus is again on the pitch and on performing but it’s something that we will need to start to talk.”

With at least one new player already understood to have been signed for next season, Giovagnoli also said he had been looking to identify new recruits for next season.

“Of course. This is work that I’ve not just started now. I started one month ago to look at players, to understand what can improve this team.

“It’s not easy to improve this team but it is possible and first of all we will need to discuss with our players but we need now to rest for a couple of days and clean our mind.

“The discussion now can be a little bit… You’ve got to be careful with the frustrations because the discussion can be not in the right way because this last result didn’t give us enough of a comfortable mindset to go and talk about contracts.”