>The retained list is out and, as was the case with Fabio Capello’s England squad announcement this week, there are one or two small surprises in there. As expected, Bayo, along with Abdul Osman, Andy Holt, Liam Davis, Peter Gilbert and Kevin Thornton. All seem good decisions by Sammo and we now wait nervously as our most prized assets think about where their future lies.
Steve Guinan and Craig Hinton are both still under contract but have been made available for transfer this summer. Of the others, Luke Guttridge is a surprise name on the list of those departing with his untimely show of frustration that resulted in the red card at Rotherham possibly a factor. A mutual agreement is likely to have been made there I would think. Alex Dyer is a little unfortunate to also be included in the departures list after a few years coming through the youth system and a couple of strong showings from the bench. Also released are Gary Mulligan, Joe Benjamin, Stephen O’Flynn and John Curtis, maybe less surprisingly.
So the wait is on to see who’s going to be back next season and who wants out of League Two. Hopefully Sammo and Malcolm Crosby have sold their visions well and that come this time next month we’ll have a strong base to launch our assault on the basement league once more. Crosby, importantly, has already signed a new deal and will be on board next season.