Manager Gary Rowett is planning a rebuilding job at Burton in the wake of a host of player departures.
Rowett landed the job on a full-time basis last week following a spell in caretaker charge and has since started a clear-out of the squad that finished 17th in League Two.
First-team regulars Tony James, Ryan Austin, Adam Bolder and Greg Pearson have all been allowed to leave, following five fringe players out of the Pirelli Stadium exit door.
"Getting rid of players, especially those I have played and worked with for a long time, is not something you like doing as a manager," Rowett told the Burton Mail. "But as well as being honest with the players in question, I had to be honest with myself and do what I thought was right for the club.
"The record over the last two seasons tells me that we have to move on and bring in new faces, and I'm as confident as any manager can be that I will be successful in that respect."
The Brewers boss has several new recruits on his radar and added: "I'm hoping to meet a couple this week to set the ball rolling, but I'm not expecting any immediate developments in terms of signing players."