Blackpool had something of a mixed season, the Tangerines finishing in a mid-table place in League One in what many will see as a disappointment and something that the club can improve upon next season.

Their 46 games saw the Seasiders rack up 15 wins, consolidate 15 draws and lose 16 games in a campaign that saw them end up 11 points shy of the top-six and the play-off place lottery that leads to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Gary Bowyer, manager of the Bloomfield Road outfit, is preparing for another tilt at promotion from League One and has started his preparations for 2018/19 with the release of the club’s list of retained players. The following are players Blackpool are releasing or negotiating news deals with; the rest of the players at the club forming the official retained list.

Blackpool released players list:

Ben Williams, Andy Taylor, Jim McAlister, Will Aimson, Sessi D’Almeida, Danny Philliskirk, Jamille Matt, Raul Correia, Denzel Williams and Caleb Richards.

Manager Gary Bowyer gave the usual platitudes about the departing players, but did also add “Some of those players departing helped us achieve promotion 12 months ago, while others have either come through the academy or featured at stages this season.”

Blackpool remain in discussion with nine players over extending their deals at the club, this nine including Kyle Vassell and Jay Spearing.

Player discussions over deal extensions:

Kelvin Mellor, Clark Robertson, Kyle Vassell, Mark Cullen, Armand Gnanduillet, Dolly Menga, Colin Daniel, Jay Spearing and Myles Boney.

Options on extending the deals of two players by a further year have been taken up on Nathan Delfouneso and Jack Sims whilst youngster Fin Sinclair-Smith has been rewarded with a professional contract at the club.

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