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Last Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007, 23:57 GMT 00:57 UK
Malpas wields axe on 10 players
Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas
Maurice Malpas is looking to freshen up his squad
Motherwell have announced 10 players who will be released in the summer, including defender Bobby Donnelly and midfielder Shaun Fagan.

Donnelly broke into the first-team as an 18-year-old under previous manager Terry Butcher.

But the 20-year-old has made just three appearances this term - his last outing under Maurice Malpas was in September.

Fagan made his first-team debut in 2002, but the 23-year-old has been on loan with Third Division Stenhousemuir.

Striker Adam Coakley has made three substitute appearances for the Scottish Premier League outfit, but the 19-year-old has also been on loan with Stenhousemuir.

Steve Maguire, a 20-year-old midfielder, has made five first-team appearances but does not figure in Malpas's long-term plans.

Neither do goalkeeper Dougie Calder, 21, and defender Willie Soutar, 19, who have also been part of the first-team squad.

Youth team members Mark Sideserf, Craig Brownlie, David Gormley and Alex Donnelly will also leave in the summer.

However, youth squad members Kenny Connelly, David Nixon and Alan Martin have been offered new contracts.

Meanwhile, Malpas has spoken of his delight at the return to action of defender Brian McLean.

The 22-year-old played against Rangers reserves, his first action since suffering a knee injury in September.

And Malpas said: "He was very nervous before the game on Wednesday for fear that anything went wrong.

"He flew the 45 minutes he played, but he is a bit sore and stiff now. We are pleased for him as a person as much as we are as a club to have him back."

Malpas hopes that McLean can return to the first-team before the end of the season.

Veteran midfielder Phil O'Donnell was due to return to action in the same reserve game but was forced to sit the game out after feeling tightness in his calf.

O'Donnell has been told he must prove his fitness before being offered a new contract for next season.


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