Earlier this week, Rochdale revealed the names on their retained list ahead of their final game of the season at Colchester United. Four have been offered new deals, one of which has already accepted and eight have been allowed to leave Spotland.
Eight more players have also extended their respective deals, including two of player-coach contracts as Keith Hill moulds both his playing and coaching squad ahead of next season.
Striker Calvin Andrew was out of contract and after being offered a new one-year deal, he subsequently accepted that offer earlier today. He scored six goals this season, with most of his appearances being as a substitute. Nevertheless, the ex-Crystal Palace man extends his Rochdale stay.
Regular defender Olly Lancashire has also been offered new deals, but he is yet to officially respond to this. It is expected that he will sign on, and Keith Hill will certainly be hoping so. Regular keeper Josh Lillis is another that Dale fans will be hoping stays. Ashley Eastham is the final name to be told that he features in the manager’s plans and talks are on-going regarding a new contract.
Player-coaches Brian Barry-Murphy and Steve Collis both sign on as well. Both only continue to register as players mainly in an ’emergency only’ type of situation. The club revealed that both will mainly be focusing on coaching duties next season.
The following list of players have been told that their services will no longer be required at the football club and as such have been released:
Nyal Bell, Rhys Bennett, Billy Hasler-Cregg, Grant Holt, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Joel Logan, Michael Rose and David Syers.
The stand out names amongst that group of players are Holt and Rose. Holt is a well-known name who re-joined the club earlier this season. At the time it was only expected to be a short term deal and that clearly has remained the case. It was his first spell at Spotland where he will be most remembered. Rose is a similar type, although he played 30 times in League One for the club this season.
The remainder of the squad remain under contract and will form part of Hill’s squad for next season.