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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Everton release Ferguson & Li Tie
Duncan Ferguson
Ferguson spent nearly 10 years with Everton in two spells
Everton have released former Scotland international striker Duncan Ferguson after six seasons at Goodison Park.

Ferguson scored the equaliser on his final appearance for the club in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Brom.

Li Tie has also been released while the option is not being taken up on on-loan Roma defender Matteo Ferrari.

But Alan Stubbs and David Weir have been offered new contracts and Nigel Martyn will also get a new deal subject to a satisfactory medical report.

Ferguson started his professional career with Dundee United before joining Rangers for 4m in 1993.

He moved to Everton for an identical fee 18 months later after a loan spell and spent four years at Goodison before moving to Newcastle for 7m.

Less than two years later in August 2000 he returned to Everton for 3.5m and last summer signed a one-year contract to stay at the club.

He won seven caps for Scotland in the 1990s but failed to find the net.

Ferguson's career has been troubled by injury and controversy.

He suffered problems with his back and shoulder and was also once banned for 12 games by the Scottish Football Associaton for an on-field attack on an opponent.

But he was always popular with the Goodison fans - as was evident by the reception he received when leading the team out in his final game.

Chinese international Li Tie suffered a broken leg soon after joining the club on a three-year contract in August 2003.

He made 40 appearances for Everton but has not played this season.

Weir has been with Everton for seven years and Stubbs is in his second spell at the club while goalkeeper Martyn will be 40 at the start of next season.

Manager David Moyes also told the club website that youngsters Sean Wright, Stephen Wynne, Laurence Wilson, Jay Harris, Christian Seargeant and Paul Hopkins have all been released.


SEE ALSO
Everton secure Li Tie deal
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17 Aug 00 |  Everton


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