Paul Trollope has only been in the management job at the Cardiff City Stadium for a matter of days but already the club have published their retained list. After Russell Slade ‘moved upstairs’, the Bluebirds are now busy making preparations for the coming season.
A total of four senior professionals have been allowed to leave the club and to be truthful, there won’t be too many Cardiff fans who will be shocked to hear who will be moving on.
In addition to the four experienced men who will be moving on, from the Under-21/Development Squad scene, four will exit, whilst contract offers have been handed to eleven more. An additional four youngsters have been handed professional contracts as well.
Ben Turner will be leaving the South Wales club following five seasons with the Bluebirds. Injuries have played a major part in halting his progress in recent times, but he provided the Cardiff faithful will plenty of memories along the way. It was centre back Turner who scored that last-minute extra time equaliser against Liverpool in the 2012 League Cup final. After making over 100 appearances, he moves on.
Kenwyne Jones is arguably the biggest name of the four to be leaving, but he has spent the second half of the season away from the club. He is currently out on loan in the UAE Pro League with Al-Jazira. He is perhaps best remembered by Cardiff fans for his earlier days with the club, where he scored a fair few goals to warm himself to the crowd.
Forward Etien Velikonja is another player out on loan that will leave the club. He has been impressive in Belgian football with Lierse, but the Slovenian failed to make the first-team grade at Cardiff. Filip Kiss is another away on loan, him with Norwegian side Haugesund, but he only played a handful of times in the Cardiff first-team.
Finally, goalkeeper Joe Lewis also moves on having spent practically the entire season out on loan, most rrcrnto with Fulham.
The full list of Under-21/Development Squad players offered/not offered deals can be seen by clicking here.