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Nine players shown Cambridge United door

Cambridge United

Cambridge have released nine players and offered new contracts to six.

Danny Potter, Jai Reason, Lee Phillips, Callum Willock, Aiden Palmer, Antonio Murray, Mark Beesley, Courtney Pitt and Ben Farrell have all been let go.

Dan Gleeson, Josh Coulson, Brian Saah, Danny Crow, Kevin Roberts and Simon Brown have all been offered deals.

Boss Martin Ling told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's always difficult, but it's about getting the right components in the squad."

Gleeson, Coulson, Saah and Crow have been offered two-year deals, while Roberts and Brown have one-year contracts on the table.

Ling has also confirmed that loanee Simon Russell will be offered terms should he be released by parent club York at the end of the season.

The players with contract offers will be given 28 days to consider their future, but Ling is quietly confident of keeping all six on board.

"All six sounded positive when I met them, but when they're sitting opposite you they're hardly likely to say X, Y and Z are interested," he said.

"I'm pretty confident and would obviously like them to stay which is why I have offered them contracts, but if we lose them then we will just have to replace them."

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Of the released players, he said: "Danny Potter and Jai Reason have maybe lost out because I want to put my own slant on the team and they haven't quite done enough this season."

Youngsters Adam Marriott, Daryl Coakley, Sam Ives, Jordan Patrick and Rory McAuley all signed new deals on Friday.

McAuley and Marriott have signed two-year contracts, while Ives has signed a one year contract with a year option.

Patrick and Coakley have signed one year deals which will also enable them to continue playing for the U's feeder side CRC.



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