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Retained List: Key duo to leave Burton Albion

It has been a monumental season in the history of Burton Albion Football Club. They ended the campaign second in League One, earning them promotion to the second-tier of English football for the very first time. Nigel Clough has been busy making preparations for the step up.

He has now announced his retained list, which will see six players leave the club after not being offered new contracts. Three have been offered terms, whilst three more sign on after the club took up options to extend their respective deals.

Top scorer Lucas Akins has been offered a new contract by former Sheffield United boss Clough. Left back Damien McCroary, who started 37 League One matches this season and also young goalkeeper Sam Hornby has been offered extensions. The club await responses from the trio.

Most Improved Young Player award-winner Marcus Harness will be staying after the club took up an option to extend his deal. Ex-MK Dons defender Tom Flanagan and midfielder Matty Palmer shall also be staying after signing on.

Two players that enjoyed plenty of football in their promotion winning season will also be exiting the club. Robbie Weird and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff will both be departing. Both were also part of the team to earn promotion out of League Two as well. Clough wishes them well for the future.

Also leaving is Tommy Thiele, Dean Lyness, Mark Shelton and Sam Austin.

George Taft and Kelvin Maynard, who have struggled with injuries, have both been inviting back by Clough to improve their fitness during pre-season.

Clough is hoping to offer terms to goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, and similarly to Darius Charles, who is participating in the League Two Play-Offs with AFC Wimbledon.

Already under contract for next season is: John Mousinho, Jon McLaughlin, Tom Naylor, Callum Butcher, Callum Reilly, Phil Edwards, Anthony O’Connor and Stuart Beavon.

The players on loan at the club will all be returning to their parent clubs, headlined by Birmingham City’s Mark Duffy, who has been released by Gary Rowett.

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