As the title of this blog post says, I am rather late in writing this as it has been covered by so many people, so many times...but like all good (haha) journalists, I shall have my say!
Brian Little announced that Neil Roberts, Chris Llewellyn, Mike Jones, Alex Darlington, Mike Carvill, Danny Williams, Jamie Reed, Mark Jones, Josh Johnson, Jeff Whitley, Phil Bolland would not be offered new deals, and loan signings Drewe Broughton, Richard Duffy, Paul Hall, Stuart Nicholson, Danny Sonner, Robert Garrett would not be offered contracts. As well as Sam Aiston, Richard Hope, Michael Proctor, Silvio Spann, Anthony Williams being transfer listed.
Now, I have to say I was shocked, and still am, with the inclusion of Neil Roberts, Danny Williams and Phil Bolland. Neil had a hard time this season, but when he was fit, he gave his all for the cause in midfield. With all due respect, I think he's past it as a striker, but as a midfileder, I think we could of had another couple of seasons out of him. Danny suffered with injuries all season, but again, when he was on the pitch, he made a difference. Bolland was instrumental for us when he came in on loan, and this would have been a lot worse for us if he hadn't have been there for us. I also believe that Whitley deserved another season, or even maybe a month-to-month contract.
The transfer listing of our top scorer Michael Proctor was also a bit of a shock, ok, he wasn't a prolific scorer, nor will he ever be, but he was the only player who ever looked like really scoring.
Richard Hope deserved his transfer listing, he was poor for us this season. Simple as.
Still, I'm sure (or do I mean hope?) that Brian little knows what he is doing, after all he is an experienced manager. I have every faith that he is the right man for the job, but it would be nice for us, as fans, to actually see some positives coming from him this close season...something which is severely lacking at the present time.