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Retained List: Experienced pros depart Bolton

It has certainly been a season to forget for Bolton Wanderers in many ways. They finished bottom of the table, but they were taken over, preventing the club entering administration. They have revealed their retained list as they prepare for life in League One.

A total of ten players are to exit the club following the culmination of their respective contracts. Only one player has been offered a new contract. Several development squad players have also been allowed to depart the Macron Stadium.

The standout names of those to leave the club are David Wheater and Emile Heskey. Wheater, who enjoyed a long association with Middlesbrough, have been a regular in the Bolton back four for a few seasons now. He is unlikely to be short of offers, but perhaps he has left for financial reasons more than anything. Veteran Heskey did hint at retirement earlier this season when Neil Lennon was in charge. It is quite likely he will go down that route, unless he receives an offer elsewhere. He ended the season as the first-choice striker.

Neil Danns and Stephen Dobbie are also free to depart. Both were in-and-out of the team at various points of the season. Both are over 30 and Jimmy Phillips ended the season playing a lot of the younger players in the team. Perhaps that is the way forward for the club, even though Phillips will not be the manager.

Back-up goalkeeper Paul Rachubka exits, along with Oscar Threlkeld and Niall Maher. Finally, the trio of players that ended the season on loan at other clubs shall also be leaving. They are Liam Feeney, Rob Hall and Hayden White.

Left back Tyler Garratt has received a professional contract from the club. Whilst they await his official response, he is likely to accept. He ended the season enjoying a run of matches, being given the nod ahead of the more experienced Dean Moxey.

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