Blackpool release 10 players as part of retained list

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has confirmed which of his players will be released from the club for next season.

Friday, 4th May 2018, 3:53 pm
Updated Friday, 4th May 2018, 4:46 pm
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In total 10 players have been let go. Among them are Ben Williams, Andy Taylor, Danny Philliskirk, Will Aimson and Sessi D’Almeida.

Options have been taken up to extend the contracts of Nathan Delfouneso and Jack Sims by a further year.

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The club are in talks with a further nine players who are all out of contract. They include Clark Robertson, Kelvin Mellor, Jay Spearing, Kyle Vassell and Mark Cullen.

Meanwhile, Finlay Sinclair-Smith has been offered a professional contract.

Manager Gary Bowyer said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to all those players leaving us at the end of the campaign for their efforts throughout their time here.

“Some of those players departing helped us achieve promotion 12 months ago, while others have either come through the academy or featured at stages this season.

“Ben Williams stepped up to the role of goalkeeper coach in February and he has been absolutely fantastic.

“He has done some great work with the keepers over the past few months, and I have no doubts that he will make a very successful transition to that role on a full-time basis when he’s ready.

“For the moment, he has stressed a desire to also continue playing and we wish him the best of luck.”

The likes of Curtis Tilt, Jimmy Ryan and Ollie Turton are still under contract.

Loan players Dan Agyei, Callum Cooke, Sean Longstaff and Viv Solomon-Otabor will all return to their parent clubs following Saturday’s last game of the season at Rotherham United.

Last month, Joe Lumley was recalled from his loan early and started in goal for parent club Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

Already under contract for the 2018/19 season: Nick Anderton, Max Clayton, Christoffer Mafoumbi, Scott Quigley, Rowan Roache, Jimmy Ryan, Curtis Tilt, Ollie Turton

Options have been activated on the contracts of: Nathan Delfouneso and Jack Sims

Discussions continue with: Kelvin Mellor, Clark Robertson, Kyle Vassell, Mark Cullen, Armand Gnanduillet, Dolly Menga, Colin Daniel, Jay Spearing and Myles Boney

Professional contracts offered to: Finlay Sinclair-Smith

Released: Ben Williams, Andy Taylor, Jim McAlister, Will Aimson, Sessi D’Almeida, Danny Philliskirk, Jamille Matt, Raul Correia, Denzel Williams and Caleb Richards