Little time for reflection as players weigh up futures
As the season ends, managers and players will allow themselves time for reflection upon their respective successes and failures.
However, these regressive thoughts will be brief as almost immediately everyone in the game begins preparations for the forthcoming campaign.
The contractual situation of a player will determine the types of decisions he has to make over the summer months.
Those under contract will simply concentrate on being in good physical condition for their return to their current club, or perhaps be fortunate enough or good enough to be the subject of transfer bids and therefore have to cope with the pressures such attention will bring.
However, for an ever-growing number of players, freedom of contract will apply and thus they will make a choice as to whether to remain where they are or to utilise their position and seek fresh challenges.
I would imagine that the most cynical would say that these decisions are easy for a player to make as money talks and they will simply go where the salary is greatest.
In my experience, it is not always as clear cut as this and especially now in the SPL where, in respect of wages, there is very little between the majority of the teams.
If the financial aspect is removed from the equation then what other factors will determine the decision making of a player?
Facilities will definitely be considered, with those clubs with their own training bases undoubtedly in a more advantageous position.
I have been fortunate in that my last two SPL clubs have had their own training grounds, with Falkirk's base at Stirling University being a major asset to the club, and St Mirren's recent move to Ralston being a massive improvement from what we had previously.
Further possible attractions for a player are of course the calibre of the management team and playing squad. In this respect, the previous ability displayed will sway a player, along with the personality and ambition shown by the manager when you meet.
I am not denying that players will be influenced by financial gain, but rather trying to offer the opinion that players are not as mercenary as sometimes portrayed and that a number of professional considerations will impact upon their choice.
Once a player opts to join a certain club there are of course no guarantees for success, but the summer months are usually an exciting time for supporters as they await news on who will remain with their team or which new faces will arrive.
If you are a player who is moving on, then often you will leave a club with fond memories and a good deal affection for that side.
In this sense, I was really disappointed to see two of my former clubs relegated this season.
In the case of Falkirk, I must confess that I was delighted that we were one of the clubs safe at their expense and celebrated as much as anyone when my good friend Stephen O'Donnell headed the equaliser last week.
However, once our SPL status was secured I would have preferred them to stay in the league - as I enjoyed some great times there and have a number of friends at the club, both on the playing and non playing side. I am sure the infrastructure they have in place will allow them every opportunity to return quickly to the top flight.
Clyde were fantastic for me in allowing me a second opportunity at senior football and I will always cherish being allowed to captain a team with such a historic name in Scottish football.
As they drop into the bottom tier I believe that with Neil Watt and the new coaching team in place they will soon begin a climb back through the leagues.
Of course, for both these sides and of course my own team St Mirren some rebuilding will soon take shape. Start the revolving doors!