Relegated Coventry City have today confirmed their retained list following the conclusion of their disappointing Sky Bet League One campaign. The Checkatrade Trophy winners have released nine players following the expiration of their contracts with the Sky Blues.
Also, Coventry have offered new deals to goalkeeper Lee Burge and defender Chris Stokes. Top scorer George Thomas is also in discussions over extending his stay at the Ricoh Arena as well. Manager Mark Robins will be looking to put together a squad capable of challenging for promotion at the very first attempt.
Ryan Haynes, Gael Bigirimana, Dion Kelly-Evans and Devon Kelly-Evans, who all came through the youth ranks at the football club, have also engaged in discussions over the possibility of extending their deals. At this moment in time, 14 are under contract for the new season. They include Jordan Turnbull and Stuart Beavon, however both are free to leave the club from to July 31st because of a clause inserting into their contracts when signing.
33-year-old defender Nathan Clarke is among those free to leave the club. The former Huddersfield Town man appeared 18 times for the league during their league campaign. Versatile Kevin Foley is another to be shown the door by Foley, with the former Ireland international capable of playing in either defence or midfield. Bulgarian midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev will also be free to seek pastures new, as well as Andy Rose, who previously played for the Seattle Sounders in the MLS. After two seasons with the club, Ruben Lameiras has been allowed to depart, as has experienced striker Marcus Tudgay, who scored four league goals this season. Under-23 players Kyle Spence, Jack Finch and Jacob Whitmore also leave.
Players who won’t be offered new contracts: Nathan Clarke, Kyle Spence, Jack Finch, Kevin Foley, Vladimir Gahzhev, Andy Rose, Jacob Whitmore, Ruben Lameiras & Marcus Tudgay.
Offered new contracts: Lee Burge, Chris Stokes.
In discussions over a new deal: George Thomas, Ryan Haynes, Gael Bigirimana, Dion Kelly-Evans & Devon Kelly-Evans.
Under contract but free to leave before July 31st because of clause inserted into original contract: Jordan Turnbull & Stuart Beavon.