Just three days after lifting the Blue Square Bet Premier championship trophy Micky Mellon has started to shape his League 2 side by releasing eight players.
The Fleetwood Town boss had already sent striker Richard Brodie back to parent club Crawley Town following the end of his season-long loan at Highbury.
Fleetwood won promotion to the Football League with an unstoppable 31 wins and 103 points and Mellon will be looking to assemble a squad to maintain his winning momentum at the new level.
“This is always a tough day for any manager,” said Mellon. “The job needs doing properly particularly when it’s people you have been working with and, in some cases, a long time. Unfortunately, it’s part of the job that must be done but the football club must move on. It’s been an emotional day).”
Chairman Andy Pilley paid tribute to the departing players. “Unfortunately it is the nature of football that everybody can’t stay forever. It’s not a pleasant task and we will remain ever grateful for what these players have done for the club. I’d like to place on record my thanks and wish them all the best in their future careers.”
Statistics for 2011-12 (start, sub, goal)
Magno Vieira (16,11,9)
Dave Stevenson (0)
Gareth Seddon 26 (16,10)
Paul Linwood (3)
Matty Hughes (1)
Matty Flynn (3)
Sean Clancy (10,7,4)
Paul Edwards (7)
Meanwhile, second year pro Jack Duggan has also been released.