Yeovil Town have now formally announced the names of six players that will definitely not have any role to play during the 2004/05 season for the Glovers. The club's Release List names strikers Jake Edwards and Kirk Jackson, midfielders Jamie Gosling and Nick Crittenden, defender Nathan Talbott and on-loan goalkeeper Ryan Northmore.
Of the six, it is perhaps Crittenden that represents the biggest surprise. The winger had scored 27 times for the Glovers in 184 appearances after having joined the club four years ago when he was spotted by assistant manager Steve Thompson after Crittenden wrote to the club. He scored some memorable goals for the club, most notably the winning goal in an FA Cup Second Road match at Blackpool that was captured live on Sky TV. However, this season, he made just 20 league starts following a succession of injuries and despite making a recovery in time for the run-in, he was rarely used as little more than a substitute. Despite that, he was hugely influential in the matches that he played in, and manager Gary Johnson will need to look hard to find a successor of his equal.
Ciderspace naturally wishes Nick and the other players released the very best of luck in finding a new club. Kirk Jackson looks to have already got himself sorted - our story earlier today sees him expecting to head to Conference Level 2 side Hornchurch.
The club's statement also reveals that defenders Hugo Rodrigues and Stephen Reed, striker Dani Rodrigues and utility player Andy Lindegaard have all been offered deals for next season and that the club are awaiting their response. Abdelhalim El Kholti has been invited to return to the club on July 1st on a non-contract basis to prove his fitness, or consider himself free to find an alternative club.
Ciderspace understands that Stephen Collis, Kevin Gall, Lee Johnson, Adam Lockwood, Colin Pluck, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Chris Weale and Gavin Williams had already signed new deals with the club late last year. Lee Elam, Simon Weatherstone and Paul Terry were already on original contracts that took them into next season.
Finally two trialists that had been invited up for training at Huish Park during this week have been invited back for pre-season training. The club have not named the players at this stage.
Gary Johnson told the YTFC Official Site: "This is one of the down sides of my job. Itís not a nice part of the job and sometimes decisions are very hard to make. These players have been some great servants to this club. They have tried their hardest but we need to make room for new players. All of them are fantastic people and we wish them well in the future. The club will be doing all they can to recommend the players to other clubs. A list will be going out today to clubs and we very much hope that they will get fixed up at a place where they will be comfortable."
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