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Deuchar among exits from Hamilton

Kenny Deuchar
Deuchar failed to score after signing for Accies in January

Hamilton have released three strikers - Kenny Deuchar, Derek Asamoah and Stephen Ettien - along with midfielder Rocco Quinn and defender Chris Swailes.

And Alan Love has been forced to retire at the age of 18.

The defender suffered an ankle injury in January 2008 a week after making his first-team debut.

Meanwhile, Martin Canning, Derek Lyle and Joel Thomas have signed new contracts for Hamilton's next Scottish Premier League campaign.

Youth players Ali Crawford, Grant Evans, Gary Gow, Declan McAvoy, Stuart Mills and Matty Sheridan have also penned new one-year contracts, while Grant Gillespie has been given a two-year deal.

Swailes spent two years with Hamilton after the Englishman left Oldham and the 38-year-old was a regular in the Accies side as they avoided relegation on their return to the top flight.

Deuchar, who is among a number of players being considered by newly-promoted St Johnstone, had joined Accies in January after a year with US Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake.

But the former Gretna striker failed to score in four starts and six substitute appearances for Accies, while fellow 28-year-old and former Nice forward Asamoah also could not find the net in his three games after signing in April.

The 20-year-old Ettien, previously of Lyon, scored once in eight substitute appearances for Accies before ending the season on loan to Brechin City in Division Two.

Quinn made just four appearances for Accies, the 22-year-old having been released by Celtic in January.

Meanwhile, youth players David Collins, Jojo Connolly, Liam Fagan, Stephen Hall, Jordon Love, Gavin McLachlan and Fraser Team have also been released by Accies.

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