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Bradford City release 13 players

Barry Conlon
Seven-goal striker Conlon is given another chance (Getty)

Bradford City have released 13 of the 18 players out of contract at Valley Parade this summer.

The biggest names to leave are striker Eddie Johnson, defender Darren Williams and midfielder Paul Evans.

All three goalkeepers, Donovan Ricketts, Ben Saynor and Jamie Waite, have also been released.

The five players retained are strikers Barry Conlon, Luke Medley and Sean Taylforth, midfielder Kyle Nix and defender Luke O'Brien.

Local players Tom Penford and Craig Bentham have also got to look for new clubs. Penford had been in the City set-up since he was 10.

Youngsters Scott Phelan and Alex Rhodes are also out of work come June, while Luke Morgan, David Brown, and Damian Hopkins have also been released.

If the five players who have been retained by manager Stuart McCall sign new deals, it will leave the West Yorkshire club with just 11 first-team squad players.

The club has installed a stringent 'take it or leave it' policy when offering new contracts to players, with no room to negotiate and just one straight offer.

Peter Thorne and Matt Clarke have both signed new contracts with Bradford, for a reduced salary, early this year. Omar Daley has also committed his future to the club.




see also
Clarke extends Bradford contract
17 Apr 08 |  Bradford
Johnson wants new Bradford deal
07 Apr 08 |  Bradford
Droylsden capture Bradford pair
11 Jan 08 |  Droylsden
Williams signs Bantams contract
27 Jul 07 |  Bradford
Evans poised to rejoin Bradford
31 Jul 07 |  Bradford
Ricketts refused re-entry to UK
01 Apr 08 |  Bradford
Bentham hints at Farsley future
08 Apr 08 |  Farsley Celtic
Bradford capture ex-Everton man
24 Jul 07 |  Bradford
Bantams seal double striker deal
09 Aug 07 |  Bradford
Bradford sign Bullock from Pools
31 Jan 08 |  Bradford
Bantam Clarke to rejoin Quakers
26 Oct 06 |  Bradford
Bradford's Daley agrees new deal
21 Jan 08 |  Bradford


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