Town Confirm Retained List
Thursday, 18th May 2017 13:10
Town have announced their retained list confirming which players will be leaving Portman Road this summer.
The Blues revealed last week that they have decided not to take up the option on Christophe Berra’s contract, which will allow the 32-year-old central defender to return to Scotland. He is expected to rejoin his hometown club Hearts but Rangers have also been linked.
Also leaving are Paul Digby, who joined Mansfield on Tuesday, Jonathan Douglas, Giles Coke, Leon Best, Jacob Marsden and Joe Robinson, all previously announced departures.
As reported last week, TWTD understands that midfielder Kevin Bru and striker Brett Pitman, who both have a year left on their Town contracts, have been told they can find other clubs over the summer.
Manager Mick McCarthy has also previously indicated that he wants to keep Jordan Spence and Steven Taylor, who signed short-term contracts to the end of the season. Spence is set to be offered a new deal, while Taylor has been offered the chance to return for pre-season training, prove his fitness and win a further contract.
As per previous reports, new terms have been offered to midfielder Kundai Benyu and keeper Harry Wright, while the Blues have taken up one-year options to keep young professionals Michael Crowe, Monty Patterson, Shane McLoughlin, James Blanchfield, Chris Smith and George Fowler.
Regarding the second-year academy scholars, defender Luke Woolfenden and midfielders Conor McKendry and Flynn Downes will also staying at Playford Road for another season.
Andre Dozzell, Nick Hayes and Ben Morris previously signed two-year professional contracts with the club when they turned 17 with Dozzell extending his to the summer of 2020 on his 18th birthday earlier this month.
Striker Callum Fullwood will have his scholarship extended into next season having spent time out injured.
Moving on are full-back Kieron Cathline, winger Ross Meldrum and defender Kolade Salaudeen, all 18.
Meanwhile, Brighton boss Chris Hughton says it’s his intention to send midfielders Rohan Ince, linked with the Blues and a number of other Championship clubs earlier in the week, and Richie Towell, another player Town are believed to have shown interest in, out on loan next season.
“Players like Rohan and Richie will go out on loan,” Hughton said. “We have been really delighted with Richie but we are very keen for him to get out on loan to the Championship next season.”
Elsewhere, it’s reported that ex-Town striker Darren Bent, 33, is set to leave Derby County this summer, despite having a year left on his contract.
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