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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 May, 2003, 19:14 GMT 20:14 UK
Pars tell eight to leave
Ged Brannon
Ged Brannon failed to impress on loan from Wigan
Dunfermline Athletic are telling a group of players that they will not be receiving a new deal - a year before their current contracts end.

And the Pars have also sent midfielder Ged Brannon back to Wigan Athletic and told Jim Hamilton that his gamble of turning amateur to win a contract has not paid off.

Speculation suggests that midfielders Jason Dair, Chris McGroarty and Davie Nicholls, forward Steve Hampshire, plus defender Scott Walker are to be informed that they can leave if they find new clubs before the end of next season.

Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston refused to confirm the name of any of the players as manager Jimmy Calderwood had not had a chance to speak to them all.

But the club plan a media conference next week, when they will unveil the names of new signings and further explain their contracts policy.

Ged did not do enough for the manager
Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston
Yorkston said: "What we are trying to do is give players time to search for new clubs during the summer or January rather than foist it on them at the end of the season.

"We did it last year with Lee Bullen, but he responded by forcing himself back into the first-team and winning a new deal."

Dair, McGroarty, Hampshire and Walker have all featured in the first team this season as Dunfermline finished in the top half of the Scottish Premier League.

Nicholls has been on loan with former club Falkirk.

Striker Colin Nish was told six months ago that he would not be offered a new deal.

He and veteran Gus MacPherson, who has become player-coach at St Mirren, are the only players so far leaving East End Park this summer.

Brothers Derek and Darren Young have already confirmed that they will be moving from Aberdeen to Dunfermline at the end of their contracts.

Billy Mehmet, a 19-year-old striker from West Ham United, will also be joining in the summer.

Yorkston said that, apart from more possible additions to the Under-21s to be announced next week, players would have to leave the club before the Pars make any other new signings.

Former Motherwell midfielder Ged Brannon had hoped to win a permanent move after joining Dunfermline on loan from Wigan but was sent off twice in his short spell.

Dunfermline striker Stevie Crawford
Negotiations have re-opened with Stevie Crawford
"Jimmy wanted an aggressive midfielder, but Ged did not do enough for the manager," said Yorkston.

Hamilton, released by Dundee United, had turned amateur to sidestep rules preventing him joining another club outwith the transfer window.

But his time at Dunfermline was hampered by injury and he too has failed to win a permanent contract.

Meanwhile, Yorkston disclosed that negotiations have re-opened between his club and striker Stevie Crawford.

Dunfermline say they will transfer-list the Scotland international unless he agrees to extend his contract, which ends next season.


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