Lee Johnson has made his end of season contracts decisions after the Bristol City retained list was confirmed. There were only two first-team players out of contract this summer, with one being offered an extension and another told he can go.
In addition to this, several players from the development squad have been offered extensions, most notably goalkeeper Max O’Leary. Johnson is looking for an improved Bristol City showing next season after they narrowly avoided relegation last time out.
The one player who shall be leaving Ashton Gate is right back Mark Little. The former Peterborough United man has been with the club since 2014. He was part of the squad which won promotion and also the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy under Steve Cotterill. He made a total of 34 appearances over the past season, taking his overall showing for the Robins to over 100 matches. Johnson says it has been ‘a pleasure to work with Mark’ and praised his ‘superb character and personality’.
Veternan striker Aaron Wilbraham has been offered extended terms with the club too. He is 37 now and turns 38 in October, but Johnson still feels as though he has a role to play. However there is clearly one eye to life after playing, as the contract offer also includes ‘additional non-playing responsibilities’. It is unclear as to exactly what they are, but coaching in some capacity is likely.
Released: Mark Little
Offered new contract: Aaron Wilbraham.
All other first-team players remain under contract for the 2017/18 campaign. Fixtures for the new season are released on June 21st.