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EFL retained lists: The free agents Bristol Rovers can sign

By Sam Frost

There is still plenty to play for across the EFL with the play-offs in full swing, but for most clubs attention has turned to next season.

The transfer market is yet to kick into full gear with this season finishing just a few days ago, but clubs are already deciding which players will or will not be part of their plans for the 2022/23 campaign and beyond.

Bristol Rovers are sure to be aggressive in the transfer market this summer, having the benefit of a strong core after winning promotion to League One and the club is intent on building on that to challenge strongly in the third tier.

Here are the EFL released and retained lists that have been published so far...

Championship

Blackburn Rovers

Released: Joe Rothwell, Bradley Johnson

Blackpool

Released: Cameron Antwi, Ryan Grant, Johnny Johnston, Matthew Liptrott, Charlie Monks, Ethan Robson, Sky Sinclair, Grant Ward

Options triggered: Richard Keogh, Keshi Anderson, Ewan Bange, Josh Bowler, Brad Holmes, Stuart Moore, Jordan Thorniley

Cardiff City

Released: Marlon Pack, Alex Smithies

Out of contract: Sean Morrison, Joe Ralls, Will Vaulks, Aden Flint, Leandro Bacuna, Ciaron Brown, Josh Murphy, Isaac Vassell

Coventry City

Released: Jodi Jones, Josh Pask, Jonny Ngandu, Aaron Evans-Harriott

Options triggered: Aidan Finnegan, Jay McGrath, Blaine Rowe

Loans expired: Jake Clarke-Salter, Ian Maatsen

Middlesbrough

Released: Sol Bamba, Lee Peltier, Neil Taylor

Offered new deal: Johnny Howson

Preston North End

Released: Connor Ripley, Ethan Walker, Izzy Brown, Jack Baxter, Jacob Holland-Wilkinson, Jamie Thomas, Joe Rafferty, Joe Rodwell-Grant, Mathew Hudson, Oliver Lombard, Paul Huntington, Scott Sinclair, Tom Barkhuizen

Under contract, available for transfer: Josh Harrop, Matthew Olosunde, Tom Bayliss.

In discussions: Bambo Diaby

Under contract: Adam O'Reilly, Alan Browne, Ali McCann, Andrew Hughes, Ben Whiteman, Brad Potts, Ched Evans, Daniel Johnson, Emil Riis, Greg Cunningham, Jordan Storey, Josh Earl, Josh Harrop, Lewis Coulton, Liam Lindsay, Matthew Olosunde, Patrick Bauer, Ryan Ledson, Sean Maguire, Tom Bayliss

Loans expired: Cameron Archer, Daniel Iversen, Josh Murphy, Sepp van den Berg.

QPR

Released: Charlie Austin, Dom Ball, Dillon Barnes, David Marshall, Lee Wallace, Kieren Westwood

Conversations continuing: Albert Adomah, Yoann Barbet, Moses Odubajo, Charlie Owens, Olamide Shodipo

Stoke City

Released: James Chester, Tommy Smith, Tom Ince, Steven Fletcher

West Bromwich Albion

Released : Andy Carroll

League One

Accrington Stanley

Released: Stephen Sama, Lewis Mansell, Ben Pleavin, Luke Stowe, Kevin Spinelli.

Options triggered: Ross Sykes, Colby Bishop, Sean McConville, Liam Coyle, Dylan Moonan, Dan Martin, Matty Carson, Rhys Fenlon, Oliver Patrick, Jack Nolan, Josh Woods.

Offered new deal: Matt Butcher.

Under contract: Harvey Rodgers, Jay Rich-Baghuelou, Ethan Hamilton, John O'Sullivan, Harry Pell, Joe Pritchard, Michael Nottingham, Archie Procter, Tommy Leigh, Joe Hardy, Tom Scully, Harry Perritt, Seamus Conneely, Liam Isherwood, Rosaire Longelo, Mitch Clark, David Morgan, Toby Savin, Korede Adedoyin, Emerich Poilly.

Loans expired: Joel Mumbongo, Yeboah Amankwah, Marcel Lewis.

Bolton Wanderers

Released: Alex Baptiste, Andrew Tutte, Liam Gordon, Nathan Delfouneso, Liam Edwards, Matty Alexander, Jay Fitzmartin, Reiss Greenidge

Options triggered: Finlay Lockett, Luke Hutchinson.

Offered new deal: Adam Senior

Loan expired: Xav Amaechi

New signing: Jack Iredale (Cambridge)

Burton Albion

Released: Danny Rowe, Luke Redfern, Michael Bostwick, Oumar Niasse, Aaron Amadi-Holloway.

Offered new deals: John Brayford, Joe Powell, Michael Mancienne, Callum Hawkins, Daniel Moore, Thierry Latty-Fairweathe, Tom Hewlett, Ben Radcliffe, Jakub Niemczyk

Loans expired: Harry Chapman, Jacob Maddox, Christian Saydee, Matej Kovar

Cambridge United

Released: Wes Hoolahan, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Tom Dickens

Options triggered: Ben Worman, Liam Bennett

Offered new deals: Jack Iredale (rejected, joined Bolton), Liam O’Neil, Adam May

Under contract: Dimitar Mitov, George Williams, Greg Taylor, Paul Digby, Lloyd Jones, James Brophy, Harrison Dunk, Joe Ironside, Will Mannion, Sam Smith, Jubril Okedina, Shilow Tracey, Lewis Simper, Harvey Knibbs, Jack Lankester, Harvey Beckett, Mamadou Jobe

Loans expired: Sam Sherring, Jensen Weir, Lorent Tolaj

Charlton Athletic

Released: Chris Gunter, Conor Washington, Adam Matthews, Ben Watson, Pape Souare, Stephen Henderson

Options triggered: Jake Forster-Caskey, Ryan Inniss, Josh Davison, Nathan Harness

In discussions: Ben Purrington

Loans expired: Akin Famewo, Nile John, Elliot Lee, Jonathan Leko, Juan Castillo, Mason Burstow

Jason Pearce has been offered a contract coaching in the club’s academy

Cheltenham Town

Released: Charlie Colkett, Scott Flinders, Conor Thomas, Andy Williams

Offered new deals : Dylan Barkers, Will Boyle (offer rejected), Ellis Chapman, Zac Guinan, Max Harris, Liam Sercombe, Reece Hutchinson

Under contract, available for transfer: Owen Evans

Under contract: Callum Ebanks, Charlie Raglan, Grant Horton, Lewis Freestone, Matty Blair, Owen Evans (listed), Elliot Bonds, Charlie Brown, Alfie May, George Lloyd, Sean Long, Ben Williams

Loans expired: Kion Etete, Dan Nlundulu, Mattie Pollock, Aaron Ramsey, Jamie Soule, Callum Wright

Scholars released: Jake Parsisson, Harvey Skurek, Joe Hunt, Will Taylor, Will Ramsey, Connor Jakeways, Charlie Dashfield, Josh Aldridge, Archie Woodall, Brennan Denness-Barrett, Felix Miles

Liam Sercombe of Cheltenham Town. (James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Exeter City

Released: Nigel Atangana, Callum Rowe, Ben Seymour, Colin Daniel, Jordan Dyer, Jack Veale, James Dodd, Ellis Johnson

In talks: Jonathan Grounds

Under contract: Jake Caprice, Jack Sparkes,George Ray, Sam Stubbs, Matt Jay, Archie Collins, Sam Nombe, Josh Key, Tim Dieng, Kyle Taylor, Sonny Cox, Jevani Brown, Harry Lee, Pierce Sweeney, Harry Kite, Josh Coley, Nelson Iseguan, Alex Hartridge, Jack Arthur, Cheick Diabate, Scott Brown, Alfie Pond

Loans expired: Cameron Dawson, Padraig Amond, Offrande Zanzala, Kieran Phillips

Fleetwood Town

Released: Harrison Biggins, Callum Camps, Kieran O’Hara, Anthony Pilkington

Contract accepted: Ellis Harrison, Toto Nsiala

Contract offered: Danny Andrew

Under contract: Barry Baggley, Dan Batty, Dylan Boyle, Alex Cairns, Tom Clarke, Ged Garner, Joe Garner, Brad Halliday, Cian Hayes, Harrison Holgate, Darnell Johnson, Carl Johnston, Paddy Lane, Harvey Macadam, Shayden Morris, Jordan Rossiter, Harry Wright

Loans expired: Dan Butterworth, Josh Harrop, Callum Johnson, Zak Jules

Forest Green Rovers

Released: Taylor Allen, Jack Evans, Opi Edwards, Jake Young, Elliott Whitehouse, Vaughn Covil, Luke Hallett

Talks ongoing: Kane Wilson, Dan Sweeney, Nicky Cadden, Sadou Diallo

Under contract: Luke McGee, Dom Bernard, Baily Cargill, Ben Stevenson, Matty Stevens, Jamille Matt, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Regan Hendry, Udoka Godwin-Malife, Lewis Thomas, Harvey Bunker, Josh March

Loans expired: Jack Aitchison, Kasey McAteer

Ipswich Town

Released: James Norwood, Myles Kenlock, Tomas Holy, Tom Carroll

Out of contract: Kayden Jackson, Tyreece Simpson, Bailey Clements, Brett McGavin,

Tawanda Chirewa

Loans expired: Bersant Celina, Dominic Thompson, Macauley Bonne, Tyreeq Bakinson

Morecambe

Released: Rhys Bennett, Toumani Diagouraga, Greg Leigh, Jacob Mensah, Freddie Price

Option triggered: Andre Da Silva Mendes

Offered new deals: Arthur Gnahoua, Adam Smith, Aaron Wildig

Under contract, made available for transfer: Jonah Ayunga, Ryan Cooney, Ryan Delaney, Courtney Duffus, Wes McDonald, Ryan McLaughlin, Shane McLoughlin, Anthony O’Connor, Jon Obika, Connor Pye

Under contract: Dylan Connolly, Ousmane Fane, Liam Gibson, Cole Stockton

Loans expired: Jacob Bedeau, Trevor Carson, Alfie McCalmont, Adam Phillips

Oxford United

Released: Sam Winnall, Jamie Hanson, Leon Chambers-Parillon, Michael Elech, Joel Cooper

Peterborough United

Released: David Cornell, Serhat Tasdemir, Kyle Barker, Connor Peters, Ethan Bojang, Kobe Chong

Under contract, available for transfer: Christy Pym, Mark Beevers, Ryan Broom, Idris Kanu, Jorge Grant

Argyle midfielder Ryan Broom breaks away from MK Dons' Scott Twine during the League One game at Home Park on Saturday, April 30, 2022 (Phil Mingo/PPAUK)

Plymouth Argyle

Released: Ollie Tomlinson

Options triggered: Jordan Houghton, Panutche Camara, Brandon Pursall.

Under contract: Mike Cooper, James Bolton, Macaulay Gillesphey, James Wilson, Dan Scarr, Joe Edwards, Ryan Hardie, Ryan Law, Danny Mayor, Niall Ennis, Conor Grant, Alfie Lewis, Adam Randell, Brendan Galloway, Callum Burton, Luke Jephcott, George Cooper, Will Jenkins-Davies, Oscar Halls.

Out of contract, released (retired): Luke McCormick.

Loans expired: Ryan Broom, Jordon Garrick, Steven Sessegnon, Romoney Crichlow.

Apprentices offered professional contract: Finley Craske.

Apprentices released: Carlo Garside, Oscar Massey, Ethan Mitchell, Lewis Moyle, Oscar Rutherford, Jamal Salawu, Angel Waruih, Rhys Shirley, Alfie Wotton.

Shrewsbury Town

Released: Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Shaun Whalley, Aaron Pierre, Joshua Daniels, David Davis, Cameron Gregory

Option triggered: Harry Burgoyne

Offered and agreed new deals: Josh Vela, Elliott Bennett

Offered new deal: Jaden Bevan

Under contract: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy, Matthew Pennington, George Nurse, Tom Flanagan, Dan Udoh, Ryan Bowman, Rekeil Pyke, Tom Bloxham, Charlie Caton

Loans expired: Tyrese Fornah, Saikou Janneh

New signing: Jordan Shipley (Coventry, undisclosed fee)

League Two

Carlisle United

Released: Lewis Alessandra, Danny Devine, Mark Howard, Jamie Devitt*, Manasse Mampala, Rod McDonald, Kelvin Mellor, Gime Toure.

*will be invited back for pre-season training.

Option triggered: Morgan Feeney

Out of contract, offered new deals: Taylor Charters, Brennan Dickenson, Magnus Norman, Joe Riley.

Under contract: Tristan Abrahams, Jack Armer, Lewis Bell, Kristian Dennis, Josh Dixon, Jordan Gibson, Callum Guy, Jon Mellish, Omari Patrick, Joel Senior, Tobi Sho-Silva, Corey Whelan.

Loans expired: Lukas Jensen, Tyrese Omotoye, Mitchell Roberts, Dynel Simeu, Owen Windsor.

Dean Gerken of Colchester United. (Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Colchester United

Released: Dean Gerken, Miles Welch-Hayes

Option triggered: Shamal George

In talks: Emyr Huws

Under contract: John Akinde, Noah Chilvers, Ryan Clampin, Cameron Coxe, Luke Chambers, Tom Dallison, Tom Eastman, Luke Hannant, Alan Judge, Frank Nouble, Freddie Sears, Cole Skuse, Tommy Smith, Junior Tchamadeu, Brendan Wiredu

Loans expired: Corie Andrews, Armando Dobra, Owura Edwards, Sam Hornby, Myles Kenlock, Tyreik Wright

Crewe Alexandra

Released: Will Jaaskelainen, Chris Porter, Scott Kashket, Luke Murphy, Tyreece Onyeka, Joe Robbins, Nathan Woodthorpe, Sam Booth

Accepted new deals: David Richards, Regan Griffiths

Offered new deals: Travis Johnson, Mikael Mandron

Scholars to agree professional contracts: Tom Booth, Lewis Billington, Charlie Finney, Connor O’Riordan, Matus Holicek, Sean Lawton, Joel Tabiner

Scholars offered deals: Zac Williams, Connor Salisbury

Under contract: Rio Adebisi, Luke Offord, Chris Long, Callum Ainley, Oli Finney, Dan Agyei, Madger Gomes, Bassala Sambou, Josh Lundstram, Billy Sass-Davies, Tariq Uwakwe

Loans expired: Ryan Alebiosu, Ben Knight, Rekeem Harper

Doncaster Rovers

Released: Cameron John, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Dan Gardner, Branden Horton, Ed Williams, AJ Greaves, Lirak Hasani

Options triggered: Tom Anderson, Louis Jones, Ben Bottomley

Offered new deals: John Bostock, Aidan Barlow, Bobby Faulkner

Under contract: Kyle Knoyle, Ollie Younger, Joseph Olowu, Ro-Shaun Williams, Adam Clayton, Ben Close, Tommy Rowe, Jon Taylor, Jonathan Mitchell, Jordy Hiwula, Charlie Seaman, Joe Dodoo, Kieran Agard, Liam Ravenhill, Reo Griffiths.

Loans expired: Matt Smith, Ethan Galbraith, Josh Martin, Mipo Odubeko, Ben Jackson

Gillingham

Released: Mustapha Carayol, Aaron Chapman, Ryan Jackson, Harvey Lintott, Danny Lloyd, Christian Maghoma, Vadaine Oliver, Gerald Sithole, Ben Thompson

Offered new deals: Bailey Akehurst, Josh Chambers, Robbie Mckenzie, Jack Tucker

Under contract: Max Ehmer, Olly Lee, Alex MacDonald, Stuart O’Keefe, Ben Reeves, David Tutonda, Henry Woods

Loans expired: Pontus Dahlberg, Charlie Kelman, Conor Masterson, Dan Phillips, Tom Dickson-Peters

Harrogate Town

Released: Lloyd Kerry (retiring to take up the role of Head of Player Recruitment), Ryan Fallowfield, Lewis Page, Mark Beck, Joe Cracknell, Simon Power, Connor Kirby, Joe Leesley

In talks: Rory McArdle

Under contract: Mark Oxley, Will Smith, Warren Burrell, Nathan Sheron, Leon Legge, Josh Falkingham, George Thomson, Alex Pattison, Aaron Martin, Danilo Orsi, Jack Muldoon, Luke Armstrong

Under contract, transfer-listed : Leon Legge, Nathan Sheron, Aaron Martin

Leyton Orient

Released: Callum Reilly, Antony Papadopoulos

Offered new deals: Sam Sargeant, Ruel Sotiriou

Options triggered: Darren Pratley, Adam Thompson, Matt Young, Rhys Byrne

Under contract: Connor Wood, Dan Happe, Paul Smyth, Craig Clay, Harry Smith, Otis Khan, Aaron Drinan, Omar Beckles, Tom James, Lawrence Vigouroux, Jayden Sweeney, Shad Ogie, Hector Kyprianou, Dan Nkrumah, Zech Obiero, Jordan Brown, Sonny Fish, Ethan Coleman

Loans expired: Frank Nouble, Theo Archibald, Alex Mitchell, Dan Moss, George Ray

Newport County

Released: Ryan Haynes, Alex Fisher, Courtney Senior, Padraig Amond, Louis Hall, Ryan Hillier

Offered new deal: Dom Telford, Courtney Baker-Richardson

Option triggered: Joe Woodiwiss

In talks: Kevin Ellison (in relation to a coaching/development role)

Under contract: Joe Day, Nick Townsend, Cameron Norman, James Clarke, Priestley Farquharson, Robbie Willmott, Matty Dolan, Aaron Lewis, Scot Bennett, Lewis Collins, James Waite, Mickey Demetriou, Lewys Twamley

Loans expired: Finn Azaz, Ollie Cooper, Jake Cain, Rob Street, Josh Pask, Timmy Abraham

Rochdale

Released: Joel Coleman, Matty Done, Joe Dunne, Jay Lynch, Alex Newby, Brad Wade

Offered new deals: Max Clark, Stephen Dooley, Eoghan O’Connell, Corey O’Keeffe, Jordan Scanlon, Peter Thomas

Under contract: James Ball, Ethan Brierley, Tahvon Campbell, Luke Charman, Sam Graham, Conor Grant, Brad Kelly, Liam Kelly, Jimmy Keohane, Jim McNulty (player-coach), Abraham Odoh, Max Taylor, Aidy White

Loans expired: Josh Andrews, George Broadbent, Danny Cashman, Jeriel Dorsett, Paul Downing, Jake Eastwood

Stevenage

Released: Scott Cuthbert, Ben Coker, Luke O’Neill, Luke Prosser, Sacha Bastien, James Daly, Harry Draper, Timmy Smith, Ed Upson, Chris Lines, Charlie Carter, Bruno Andrade, Bradley Barry, Sam Dreyer, Luis Fernandez

Available for transfer: Laurie Walker, Ross Marshall, Arthur Read, Jack Smith

Under contract: Luther James-Wildin, Terence Vancooten, Jake Reeves, Jake Taylor, Luke Norris, Jamie Reid, Elliott List

Loans expired: Christy Pym, Michael Bostwick, Bailey Clements, Zain Westbrooke

Tranmere Rovers

Released: Callum McManaman, Jay Spearing, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Joe Maguire, Nicky Maynard, Mani Dieseruvwe

Options triggered: Tom Davies, Charlie Jolley, Mat Hewelt, Jake Burton, Kyle Hayde.

In discussions: Kieron Morris, Calum Macdonald, Peter Clarke, Joe Murphy, Sam Foley, Ryan Stratulis.

Under contract: Kane Hemmings, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Lee O’Connor, Josh Hawkes, Chris Merrie, Elliott Nevitt, Sam Taylor.

Loans expired: Paul Glatzel, Josh McPake, Ross Doohan, Lewis Warrington

Walsall

Released: Tom Leak, Joe Willis, Jack Rose, Zak Mills, Lee Tomlin

Options triggered: Sam Perry, Joe Foulkes

Talks ongoing: Emmanuel Osadebe

Under contract: Liam Kinsella, Jack Earing, Donervon Daniels, Joss Ladabie, Brendan Kiernan, Manny Monthe, Hayden White, Conor Wilkinson, Rollin Menayese, Devante Rodney

Rory Holden has been invited to return for pre-season training as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.

Retired: Stephen Ward, Mat Sadler

Loans expired: Carl Rushworth, George Miller, Tyrese Shade, Reece Devine

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