Date: 13th May 2016 at 10:43pm
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Bolton Wanderers have announced their retained list for next season, and quite a few names have been shown the door. It’s a fairly lengthy list.

David Wheater
Neil Danns
Emile Heskey
Stephen Dobbie
Paul Rachubka
Oscar Threlkeld
Niall Maher
Liam Feeney
Rob Hall
Hayden White
Tom Eaves
Jordan Lussey
Ross Fitzsimons
Quade Taylor
Harry Campbell
Jon Ceberio
Channing Campbell-Young
Jamie Thomas
Yvan Wassi
Chris Cvetko

Marc Iles of the Bolton News had tweeted that Oscar Threlkeld and Niall Maher had been originally offered one year deals, but then they were withdrawn. These are the two departures which are hard to stomach. There was so much talk and direction about blooding young players and building a core. Threlkeld and Maher got opportunities towards the back end of the season, and they had taken them. Add in Rob Holding’s probable departure (which in fairness, if a decent amount of money is offered, would be perhaps necessary) and that vision seems in tatters.

While he perhaps isn’t as good as some would make out, it’s also a little disappointing to not see Jamie Thomas being kept on for at least one year more, while Hayden White had impressed who watched Blackpool this season.

Elsewhere, the departures seem a mixture of the unsurprising and welcome. The likes of Heskey, Danns, Dobbie and Rachubka needed shifting, Wheater, Feeney and Hall would be more down to finances than the others, and not all the youngsters would make the grade. That is natural.

One youngster to pick up a professional contract has been Tyler Garratt. Maybe now the BBC will spell his name correctly.

“The underlining factor is that we have to build a sustainable club and get ourselves on a sound footing ahead of life in League One,’ Dean Holdsworth told the official website,

“We`ve had discussions with each and every player and what was important is that we were open and honest about our reasons for making these decisions.’

 

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