Cambridge United fell just short of making the Sky Bet League Two play-offs this season, and manager Shaun Derry is now putting plans in place to go one better. Their retained list has now been published, which has seen six players told that they’re no longer needed.
In addition to this, an experienced defender has been placed on the transfer list. Also, Cambridge have delayed contract extension talks with a striker who has injury problems. Negotiations shall resume upon his return to fitness.
Some of those to leave have featured fairly regularly over the past season. Certainly in the cases of Ben Williamson and James Dunne, with the midfielders being told they’re services are no longer required. Conor Newton also appeared 27 times in the league this season but Derry is now focusing on improving their area of his squad instead. Completing the list of exits from the Abbey Stadium are David Gregory, Joe Pigott and Dylan Williams.
Centre back Mark Roberts has been told that he is free to find himself another club, assuming a suitable offer is received. He still has a year remaining on his existing deal at the club, but Derry clearly feels he is replaceable. The 33-year-old appeared 27 times in the league over this past season, scoring two goals in the process.
Finally, striker Barry Corr is someone whose future is still up in the air. The club have committed to ‘support him’ in improving his condition following a fairly serious injury. Discussions will then ‘take place in due course’.
Released: David Gregory, James Dunne, Ben Williamson, Joe Pigott, Conor Newton & Dylan Williams.
Transfer listed: Mark Roberts.
Talks on hold: Barry Corr.