Stevenage manager Darren Sarll have today confirmed which players will not be offered new contracts for next season. A total of first team players squad players have been told that their services are no longer required at the Sky Bet League Two club.
There is one significant surprise on this list in the fact that one of their regular starters have been told he is free to move on. Stevenage ended the season only a few places outside of the play-off places. They were three points behind the final spot, which is occupied by Blackpool.
That notable surprise is midfielder Charlie Lee. He started 35 of their 46 league games last season, and appeared off the bench in nine more. That means there were only two league matches he didn’t get on the pitch. He has since taken on Twitter to thank the fans and everyone at the club for their support. When he signed last summer, his contract length was not revealed. Therefore it is unclear if his contract simply was up or he was outright released.
Veteran midfielder Michael Tonge is certainly a name familiar to most, especially Sheffield United supporters. He has been told he is free to find himself a new club after making more substitute than starting appearances over the past season. Defender Dean Wells, who has spent the past three seasons at Broadhall Way, is another to be told he can move on. Completing the released list are Andrew Fox, Jake Hyde and Nathan Kerr.
Also, midfielder Tom Pett was transfer listed after failing to agree a new deal with the club. The 25-year-old played 44 times for the club last season so is certainly a key player, and he is set to leave the club in the near future.
Released: Charlie Lee, Michael Tonge, Dean Wells, Andrew Fox, Jake Hyde & Nathan Kerr.
Transfer listed: Tom Pett.