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Every Championship player released so far including Andy Carroll and Gary Cahill

The Championship regular season finished last week and all that is left to be resolved is the play-offs.

The first legs of the semi-finals threw up plenty of drama. Friday night saw Luton Town and Huddersfield Town play out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road. It leaves it evenly-poised heading into Monday's return leg in West Yorkshire.

Then on Saturday Nottingham Forest took a slender 2-1 advantage from their pulsating tie with Sheffield United. The Reds could, and arguably should, have had a far healthier lead but conceded in stoppage time to give the Blades a lifeline ahead of Tuesday's City Ground rematch.

Whilst those four teams are still very much focused on reaching the Premier League, the other 20 teams in the second tier already know their fate. Plenty of attention will now be fixed on the 2022-23 season and to that end summer plans are being drawn up.

The release of players at the end of their contracts is an annual, inevitable occurrence and already a clutch of clubs have announced their retained lists.

Some have fully announced those set to leave whilst in some cases the players themselves have jumped the gun slightly and announced the news via their own social media channels.

One such example of that was Marlon Pack who announced his departure from Cardiff City on his Instagram page.

He wrote: "My time Cardiff has come to an end, I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity to play for the club. I want to thank the fans for all your support over the past 3 seasons especially during the pandemic and this season where it hasn’t gone how we all wanted. Special mention to all my teammates, the members of staff, the managers I’ve worked under and the numerous people I’ve crossed paths with in and around the football club over the last 3 years. I’ve made some great friends and met some fantastic people and that’s what football is all about."

Here, Mirror Football looks at the players leaving, or set to leave, clubs in the Championship. This list will be updated as and when new teams confirm their retained lists.


Aapo Halme, George Miller, Tomas Kalinauskas, Connor Hodgson, Daniel Jinadu


Kristian Pedersen, Jeremie Bela, Yoane Zohore, Renedi Masampu, Archie Matthews, Oriol Soldevila, Kane Thompson-Sommers, Connal Trueman


Bradley Johnson, Joe Rothwell


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


Gary Cahill

Bristol City

Callum O’Dowda, Khari Allen, Louis Britton, Barney Soady, Nathaniel Williams


Marlon Pack, Alex Smithies, Aden Flint


Jodi Jones, Josh Pask


Jean Michael Seri, Alfie Mawson, Cyrus Christie, Michael Hector, Fabri, Timmy Abraham, Jacob Adams, Eric Ameyaw, Xavier Benjamin, Tyler Caton, Jerome Opoku, Jonathon Page, Julian Schwarzer, Jaylan Wildbore

Hull City

Tom Huddlestone, Richie Smallwood, Tom Eaves


Elliot Lee


Sol Bamba, Lee Peltier, Neil Taylor


Alex Pearce, Connor Mahoney


Dai Cornell, Serhat Tasdemir, Kyle Barker


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


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

Preston North End

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


Terell Thomas, Brandon Barker, Orjan Nyland, Felipe Araruna, Alen Halilovic, Marc McNulty

Sheffield United

Angelo Cappell, Harvey Cullinan, Luke Freeman, David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset, Filip Uremovic

Stoke City

James Chester, Steven Fletcher, Tom Ince, Tommy Smith

Swansea City

Ben Hamer, Korey Smith, Yan Dhanda

West Brom

Andy Carroll, Sam Johnstone, Romaine Sawyers