Summer exodus at Stevenage as 10 players set to leave
TEN players are set to leave Stevenage this summer, it has been revealed today (Thursday).
Out of contract players Scott Laird and John Mousinho have both turned down improved contract offers while Ronnie Henry has been released.
Darren Murphy, Ben May, Peter Winn, Stacy Long, Jennison Myrie-Willaims, Phil Edwards and Alan Julian have all departed the club as their current contracts have expired.
Joel Byrom and Chris Beardsley’s contracts are also up with talks continuing this week.
Speaking to the official website, Henry, who joined Boro seven years ago and is the club’s longest serving player, said: “I have had an absolutely unbelievable time with the club and I couldn’t have wished to have spent seven years anywhere else.
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“I’d like to thank everyone that has been part of the club at that time, all of the staff, my team mates and most importantly the fans who have been brilliant to me.
“I found it very hard to leave the club, today hasn’t been a great day. I just feel that now is my time to move on, I’m 28 years old and have enjoyed the best years of my career here, but that had to come to an end at some point. I’m delighted with the history I have been part of with Stevenage and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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“I want to wish the club and its supporters the best of luck for the future and I’m sure I’ll be back at the Lamex watching some games when I can.”
Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said: “We’ve had firm offers in for some of our contracted lads this week but we have no financial reason to sell, so unless a head turning transfer fee is offered and the personal terms are potentially life changing for the player, then we will not engage in talks.
“Our lads did exceptionally well in their first season in League One and Gary Smith has a target list of players that he’d like to sign during the summer. We are working hard on those now and, although we were delighted with a sixth place finish, it is our goal to improve on last season’s league position.”