KARL Robinson says he needs to hear in which direction Oxford United want to go as they look to rebuild from defeat in the Sky Bet League One play-off final.

Meetings are scheduled today, while he is also due to get the squad in for the last time before they have a summer break.

It will likely be a sombre occasion, with emotions still raw from their 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.

To get so close to the Championship and miss out was a huge blow to everyone in the camp, but Robinson wants answers about what happens next.

Also read: How have the beaten League One play-off finalists responded?

The head coach is bracing himself for interest in key players such as Rob Dickie and Cameron Brannagan.

He said: “Where we go next season is something I have to have a look at in the next few days.

“I’ve got to speak to a few people even over what direction we go as a football club.

“I think when you look, I know they (Wycombe) have overachieved but we have extremely overachieved when you look at how far we’ve come.

“I’ll come in on Wednesday. I’m sure agents will be on the phone, I’m sure a few clubs will have been here watching some of those talented players.

“The beauty about that is my players never let me down. I think they showed the talent they possess.”

Robinson was hugely proud of the way his side battled on to get within 90 minutes of promotion in a campaign which saw them lose Gavin Whyte, Shandon Baptiste and Tariqe Fosu to Championship clubs along the way.

Also read: Mistakes cost us dearly, admits Oxford United boss

While player trading is key to United’s business model as things stand, the head coach would love the rate of sales to slow.

He said: “We’ve got a very young team full of talented individuals and for me to start next season without some of these is going to be another kick.

“We’ve lost so many players this year and we’ve almost hung on and achieved something that people didn’t think was possible.”

He added: “I need to bring in more players and that’s the reality of it.

“We’ve got to replace them with the right players if that’s the case, we can’t just let them go like we have done.”

One of the first jobs of the post-season will be to finalise the retained list.

Many of the decisions have already been made, with John Mousinho, Sam Long and Jack Stevens signing deals in recent months and the club triggering an extension for Josh Ruffels.

It leaves Jamie Mackie, who was only offered a short-term deal to cover the play-offs, as the only senior player whose future is undecided.