Sky Bet League Two club Wycombe Wanderers have today revealed the names on their retained list. They ended their respective league campaign just outside of the play-off positions and manager Gareth Ainsworth will be setting his sights on an improved showing next season.
In total, just two have been told that they are free to leave the club following the expiration of their respective contracts. Also, two have agreed to stay on, with another being offered a fresh deal in the hope they’ll remain at Wycombe too. Finally, one of their midfield players remains in negotiations over an extension.
Firstly, touching on those who are leaving. Both Garry Thompson and Sam Wood won’t be remaining with the club. Ainsworth has described 36-year-old Thompson as ‘one of my generals in the dressing room’. The veteran has spent the last two seasons with the Chairboys but has been allowed to seek pastures new. After five years at Adams Park, Wood has also been told he can go. He has been a big part in the revival and success of the club over the last few years but Ainsworth didn’t feel he’d play as much as he’d want next season.
Anthony Stewart will be staying, as will Nick Freeman. Stewart suffered an injury earlier in the campaign but will be given a chance to recover from that and kick-on next year. Also, Freeman is said to have shown a lot of potential and Ainsworth wants to keep him on board.
Aaron Pierre has a contract on the table as well. He is someone who is said to be eyeing up a move to a higher level, but Ainsworth says he would play a vital part in their intended promotion push next season. Marcus Bean remains in talks with the club over a new deal and Ainsworth believes his experience could be vital next season for sure. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Matt Bloomfield both signed new deals last month.
Released: Garry Thompson & Sam Wood.
Signed extension: Anthony Stewart, Nick Freeman, Adebayo Akinfenwa & Matt Bloomfield.
Offered an extension: Aaron Pierre.
In negotiations: Marcus Bean.