‘Waster’ – Plenty of Bristol Rovers fans react to club’s retained list

Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan has released ten players as he looks to rebuild his squad for next season.

As predicted long-serving midfielder Chris Lines and captain Tom Lockyear are on their way out of the Memorial Stadium, but many fans were surprised the Coughlan made no offer of new terms to popular midfielder Stuart Sinclair and full back Daniel Leadbitter.

They join the less surprising names of Adam Smith, Sam Slocombe, Alfie Clarke, Connor Jones, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and James Spruce on the list released today. The announcement on club’s official website which also reveals the club is negotiating new terms with James Clarke, Joe Partington and Deon Moore who are all out of contract.

The club also said it had exercised the option to extend the contracts of; Alexis Andre-Jr, Liam Armstrong, Ben Morgan, Alfie Kilgour, Rollin Menayese, Cameron Hargreaves and Rhys Kavanagh.

It then confirmed Kyle Bennett, Bernard Mensah, Sam Matthews and Stefan Payne have returned to the club following their loan spells.

The mention of the name Stefan Payne sparked a reaction on Twitter with many hoping the club would cancel his contract.

Payne has been unpopular with Gas fans since he allegedly made a rude gesture towards them after a disappointing display at Barnsley in October. He was shipped out on loan to his previous club Shrewsbury Town in January where he made just five appearances without scoring managing to score.

Here is a selection of their reactions to the list on Twitter.





  1. Stop critising let the manager do his job,no supporter knows the ins and outs of day today running of the club,and contracts and stuff,wait till next season and see what happens,my god.UTG

  2. Have to agree about stop criticizing, manager kept us up and two good signings, this in only a couple of months – what could he manage in the next two years?.

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