It was an excellent end to the League One season for Scunthorpe United, but they narrowly missed out on a play-off place to goal difference. There is still plenty of optimism ahead of next season, and Graham Alexander has now issued his retained list.

Just four players have been allowed to leave Glanford Park as the former Fleetwood Town manager looks to put together a squad capable of going one better in the forthcoming campaign.

Following meetings with every player in the squad, Alexander has allowed four to depart. The highest-profile of those by name is Gary McSheffrey. Many will remember his exploits when playing for clubs such as Coventry City and Birmingham City, but he has found life difficult in North Lincolnshire in recent times. The fact he ended the season on loan at Doncaster Rovers proves that he isn’t real in contention in Alexander’s squad.

Niall Canavan is another who leaves the Iron. He too ended the season out on loan with divisional rivals Rochdale. He played over 150 times for the club and even participated during their time in the Championship a few seasons ago. Whilst he leaves the club, his past exploits won’t go unappreciated amongst the clubs supporters.

Sean McAllister and Andrew Boyce are the final two that have been allowed to leave and will not be offered contract extensions. Boyce ended the season out on loan at Notts County in League Two, whilst McAllister hasn’t played for the first team since December 2015, so his exit won’t be hugely noticeable.

The following players remain under contract with Scunthorpe United going into the new season:

Luke Daniels, Scott Wiseman, Scott Laird, David Mirfin, Luke Williams, Dominic Vose, Paddy Madden, Kevin van Veen, Neal Bishop, Joe Anyon, Stephen Dawson, Hakeeb Adelakun, Conor Townsend, Jack King, Charlie Goode, Tom Hopper, Murray Wallace, Jamie Ness, Kyle Wootton, Levi Sutton and Jordan Clarke.

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