There may be a month of the season still to play. But rebuilding for Rocks starts here and now.
With 15 points still up for grabs and 13 points between them and safety, Bognor boss Jack Pearce admits that even with five game still to go, thoughts now must turn to succeeding in the Isthmian Premier.
Two players have already left Nyewood Lane, with Kristian Campbell and Manny Adebowale returning to their parent clubs Bromley and Dover respectively.
Pearce says neither are likely to play in a Rocks shirt next season when Bognor return to the third tier. But he will start sounding out other squad members in the coming days about signing on for the new campaign.
With many clubs struggling after relegation, the veteran boss knows his side need to hit the ground running.
Pearce said: “We will be talking to them [the players] in the next week and asking them their plans. A few will say yes, a few will say not sure, and a few will say no – that’s the way it always will be.
“We will try and do it now to get things sorted but most of the players will take until the end of the season before making a decision.”