Details of the Exeter City retain list following the completion of the 2014/15 season have been announced today.
Pat Baldwin and Graham Cummins have not been offered a renewal after the expiration of their contracts.
This comes in addition to Clinton Morrison, after it was announced on Tuesday that he would not be on the retain list, and Liam Sercombe, who has moved to join Oxford United.
And in a situation similar to that of Liam Sercombe, Scot Bennett has chosen to pursue his career elsewhere and is expected to depart the club over the summer on a free transfer.
Danny Butterfield has already been appointed to a player-coach role, while Craig Woodman, Arron Davies, Jamie McAllister, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Jamie Reid, David Noble, Tom Nichols, James Hamon, David Wheeler, Alex Nicholls, Connor Riley-Lowe, Jordan Tillson, Matt Jay, Jason Pope, Ollie Watkins, Christy Pym, Ryan Harley and Tom McCready are all now contracted for next season.
Contract terms have been offered Christian Ribeiro, Matt Oakley and Jimmy Keohane. At present Lee Holmes has returned to Preston North End following his loan spell – the Lilywhites’ season doesn’t end until after the Sky Bet League 1 play-off final on Sunday 24th May.
The first-team will also be joined by Manny Oyeleke, who arrived earlier this month from Brentford, as well as Alex Byrne, Joe Charles, Cameron Gill and Josh Read who have completed their apprenticeships and graduate from the Academy this summer.
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said: “Scot has played more games than most for Exeter City, and when you give six or seven years of playing like he has done, there comes a point when you’re entitled to look at your options.
“You can’t keep everybody just because they have come through the ranks – we develop players and they move on. He’s a local boy and one day maybe he’ll have the chance to come back again.
“Graham is another one that is going to move on somewhere where he thinks he’ll get regular football. I wish him all the best for it – he has done an extremely good job for us, especially with coming in late and missing pre-season.
“I’ll be looking at his career going forward because he gave a lot to us and I’m very fond of him.
“And I am very sad that Pat is leaving us. He suffered a very cruel and unfortunate injury this year and I certainly wish him the very best.
“He’ll take a lot of credibility into his next situation as somebody who has been very professional and added value around the club, on and off the pitch, and has been a very good influence to all our younger players. I’m really hoping that he will do well.”
Exeter City would like to pass our best wishes to those players that are departing the club this summer, as well as expressing our gratitude for their efforts for the Grecians during their time at St James Park.
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