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2021 Retained & Released List

17 May 2021

Club News

2021 Retained & Released List

17 May 2021

Cambridge United can now publish its Retained and Released List following initial meetings between First Team Players and Management…

Two players have been released – Callum Burton and Joe Neal - with all other players either contracted for next season, returned to their parent clubs, in discussions or have been offered new deals.

Leaving with the Club’s best wishes are Declan Drysdale, Aji Alese, Shilow Tracey, Jubril Okedina and Hiram Boateng who have all returned to their parent clubs.

Joe Ironside, Jack Iredale, Harvey Knibbs, Kai Mckenzie-Lyle, Tom Dickens and Lewis Simper are under contract for the 2021/22 season, whilst Adam May has had his option triggered and Leon Davies has accepted a short term deal to keep him at the Club for at least another six months.

Discussions with Wes Hoolahan remain ongoing and new contracts have been offered to the remaining 10 players - Dimitar Mitov, Kyle Knoyle, Paul Digby, Greg Taylor, Luke Hannant, Liam O’Neil, Andrew Dallas, Paul Mullin, Harrison Dunk, Ben Worman - with further details on the outcomes to be released in due course.

Head Coach Mark Bonner said, “These decisions are always difficult and none more so than this year. Callum Burton's contribution to the successful season we have experienced has been excellent. We all remember some of the key saves and moments that have scored us vital points throughout the season and he was a big part of the squad. Over his two years with us, Callum has made a good impression and developed well, gathering some vital experiences that will be of benefit to him in the future. 

“Joe Neal has been with the club since the age of seven, and has had to contend with a challenging year for all young professionals. His commitment to the club and his development has been superb, and we will support him in the next stages of his career to try to help him find the most suitable club to continue the next part of his development.

“Leon Davies recently underwent hip surgery and is now recuperating from the operation. Over the coming months we will support him through his rehabilitation and return to training and playing to get him back to full fitness.

“We are thankful to the players who have contributed during their time on loan and they now return to their parent clubs with our best wishes.”

Please find confirmation of the full Retained & Released List below:

  • Offered Contracts: Dimitar Mitov, Kyle Knoyle, Greg Taylor, Harrison Dunk, Luke Hannant, Paul Digby, Liam O’Neil, Paul Mullin, Andy Dallas, Ben Worman
  • Discussions Ongoing: Wes Hoolahan
  • Contract Option Triggered: Adam May
  • Offered 6 Month Contract: Leon Davies
  • Under Contract: Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Jack Iredale, Tom Dickens, Lewis Simper, Joe Ironside, Harvey Knibbs
  • Not Offered a New Contract: Callum Burton, Joe Neal
  • Loan Players Returning to Parent Clubs: Jubril Okedina, Declan Drysdale, Aji Alese, Hiram Boateng, Shilow Tracey

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