AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that they have parted company with first-team duo Anthony Hartigan and Nesta Guinness-Walker.
AFC Wimbledon had entered into talks with the pair, offering both players fresh terms. However, Hartigan and Guinness-Walker will not be signing new contracts and will officially become free agents.
Hartigan played 42 times for the Dons in all competitions last term, scoring twice and assisting a further seven. He was a regular fixture in the first-team fold for the majority of the campaign, but started just one game from when Mark Bowen took over in March.
Similarly, Guinness-Walker made 35 appearances, starting 27. However, despite being a mainstay in the side up until January, he did find playing time harder to come by after the Christmas period.
However, while the duo have departed the Dons, the club have agreed terms with youngsters Huseyin Biler and Elliott Bolton. They are also still in talks with Zach Robinson and Paul Osew.
A blow for the Dons…
A club would never wish to lose two first-team players at just 22 years old, especially for free. It is certainly a blow for the Dons and so they won’t be able to call upon either in their bid to secure promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.
Despite both players’ dwindling playing time in the latter half of the season, both Hartigan and Guinness-Walker would have been a key part of the squad in the fourth tier.
AFC Wimbledon have brought in Chris Gunter and Alex Pearce at the back and boss Johnnie Jackson will need to replace the outgoing duo as quickly as possible this summer.