Sky Bet League One title favourites Sunderland have today issued their retained list. Relegation out of the Sky Bet Championship has come at a price for some players, with three experienced professionals allowed to move on.
Another to go is John O’Shea, which was a formality anyway given he has already agreed to remain in the Championship with Reading, managed by Paul Clement. He retired from international duty recently, with Ross paying homage to seven years of service he gave to Sunderland.
Although never working with O’Shea, Ross says that the veteran defender has become the ‘consummate professional’ and undoubtedly had a ‘positive influence’ during his time at the Stadium of Light.
31-year-old full back Billy Jones exits the Black Cats after four years with the club. He played over 90 times for the club, 24 of which came last season, under many different managers.
Marc Wilson departs after one season with the club. He joined on a free transfer from AFC Bournemouth at the start of last season. He manged to play 22 times in total, but injury certainly damaged his prospects of playing more regularly and also realistically earning a new contract with the club as well.
Kazenga Lua Lua is the final high profile name to be moving on this summer from Sunderland. He only managed to appear 14 times for the club last season, in what was a tough campaign for the former Newcastle United youngster.
Youngsters Tom Beadling, Jean-Yves Poame, Josh Robson, James Talbot and Daniel Wright are also moving on.