Darren Ferguson says the lack of changes to his side over the final few games of the season provided a hint to his thoughts on the futures of players.
Ferguson last week opted to release three players and place a further five on the transfer list.
And he says the lack of involvement for most of those players in the run-in suggested they would not be part of his future plans.
“The players that have been made available and that have come to the end of their contracts, it probably reflects on what I did towards the end of the season,” Ferguson told The Star.
“The injuries through the season really cost us and I couldn’t freshen up as much as I wanted to.
“I think the list we put out shows the reason why I didn’t freshen up as much.
“I still had it in my mind that we needed the points.”
Ferguson revealed his decisions on players were made immediately after Rovers secured promotion to League One.
Of the transfer-listed quintet, only Andy Williams played a significant role in the final five matches after shaking off an injury.
Mitchell Lund made named on the bench just once in the final five matches.
Harry Middleton made one substitute appearance while Cedric Evina was not involved in any matchday squad.
Ferguson admitted feeling his side needed freshening up as they chased the League Two title following promotion.
He confessed he should not have played Luke McCullough in the final game at Hartlepool due to fatigue but felt he was still the best option at his disposal.