Bristol Rovers offer new deals to Wayne Brown and Danny Woodards
Bristol Rovers have offered new deals to midfielder Wayne Brown and player-of-the-season Danny Woodards.
But defender Byron Anthony – the Pirates' longest-serving player – and veteran striker Scott McGleish are both being released by the club.
Five other players have also been declared surplus to requirements with winger Charlie Reece, defender Charlie Clough, keeper Lance Cronin and full-back Michael Boateng also being told there will be no new deals for them.
And young striker Kayne McLaggon, who suffered a serious injury last season, will also be leaving – though he will remain on the club's books until he regains full fitness.
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Brown made only 15 appearances last season after suffering a stress fracture to his ankle, which kept him out of action for more than six months, but he has been offered a short-term deal to prove he has a future at the club. Right-back Woodards broke his leg at Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the campaign, but he was one of the Pirates' most consistent performers in their first season back in League Two.
"Danny was our player of the season and we definitely want to keep him," said manager Mark McGhee.
"A large part of what I am trying to do this summer is put together as close to a League One side as I can.
"This should give us the best chance of going up and then require the least amount of surgery the following summer.
"Danny definitely falls into that category, as I believe he is capable of playing in the Championship. We have offered Wayne a short-term contract as a chance to prove himself after his injury.
"His attitude has been fantastic, so this will be a challenge now for him to prove he is worthy of another contract."
McGhee remains optimistic that left-back Jim Paterson, who joined on a short-term deal until the end of last season, will agree to return to the Memorial Stadium.
"I have known Jim a long time, but I threw down the gauntlet to him when he came here," said McGhee.
"I wanted him to prove himself, and I think he has. He has been very consistent, and his attitude has been brilliant.
"He has also endeared himself to the fans, which is very important."
The decisions to release Anthony and McGleish come as no surprise after they spent the last part of the season on loan at Hereford and Barnet respectively.
"I know a lot of people at the club liked Byron, but it is my job to make these decisions and I think the circumstances have changed," said McGhee.
"When Byron went out on loan I think we both realised that he would not be in my future plans, but he is the sort of player who will be of interest to other clubs."
"I have spoken at length to Scott as he has come to the stage of his career where he needs to decide what he wants to do next.
"He still wants to continue playing, but he is also interested in starting coaching, and although we can not offer him a position here, I have offered him help and encouragement.
"I suggested that Charlie Reece should look to America and college football. They play at a good standard, and he will also have the chance to earn a degree.
"It is what my son did, and I think that Charlie would do well in that environment."
Rovers have already agreed new deals with striker Eliot Richards and young midfielder Ollie Clarke and offered professional contracts to four second-year scholars – Jordan Goddard, Mitch Harding, Ellis Harrison and Ross Staley.
"It is very important for the boys down the line to see these players coming through and being offered contracts, as that will encourage good young players to join Rovers in the future," said McGhee.
"It is really important that we have this production line, and I do believe all four players genuinely have a chance of making it."