After ending last season just one point above the Sky Bet League One relegation places, Bury manager Lee Clark has decided that this summer is the perfect time to produce a clear-out of his squad. Eleven have been told to find themselves new clubs following the end of their respective deals.
Two more have been offered fresh terms in the hope that they’ll stay on, whilst one additional player has already committed his future to Bury. Clark has interestingly made some changes to his backroom staff as well, telling three of those that they are no longer required at Gigg Lane.
Of the eleven free to leave, it would be fair to say that only a handful of those featured regularly for the club last season. Those are Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope, Jacob Mellis and Niall Maher. All four of those are free to leave the club and build themselves a career elsewhere. Of the remainder, there are certainly some significant names, but ones who ultimately did not feature too often. Anthony Dudley, Chris Brown, Paul Rachubka, Rob Lainton, Reece Brown, Jermaine Pennant and Ishmael Miller seek pastures new.
Paul Caddis remains in discussions in the hope that his deal will be extended, whilst Craig Jones has already signed a one-year extension. Andrew Tutte has formally agreed a new deal too, which should be officially confirmed in the near future.
Goalkeeper coach Ian Willcock, physiotherapist Paul Morgan and chief scout Dave Bayliss have all been allowed to exit as well.
Released: Anthony Dudley, Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope, Jacob Mellis, Niall Maher, Chris Brown, Paul Rachubka, Rob Lainton, Reece Brown, Jermaine Pennant & Ishmael Miller.
Signed an extension: Craig Jones.
Agreed an extension: Andrew Tutte.
In negotiations: Paul Caddis.