In these unusual times, Cambridge United have made the unusual decision to announce their retained list before the end of April.
The U’s are the first club to outline exactly who will be staying and going over the summer, with former Sheffield United man Samir Carruthers perhaps the biggest name on the list.
Carruthers only joined the club last summer, but missed games through a personal situation and never showed his ability in a U’s shirt. Another surprise name of the list is 26-year-old full-back Goerge Taft, a former England U19 international with exactly 100 outings for the club across a loan spell and his permanent contract.
Veteran striker Jabo Ibehre, Reggie Lambe, Paul Lewis, Dan Jones, Sam Bennett, Jordan Norville-Williams and Fin Iron make up the remaining players leaving the club, with Greg Taylor, Harrison Dunk and Liam O’Neil entering into contract discussions.
Ian Mather, the club’s CEO, said: “This is clearly a time of great uncertainty for football as well as every other part of society. We do not know whether or when the current season will complete but we thought it only right to give the playing squad clarity about their future at the Club at the earliest possible opportunity.
“We are doing this now – even though every player is under contract until the end of June and, possibly, could be still be available to play for Cambridge United up to the end of July – as we want everyone to have as much time as possible to plan for their future.”
Fans have taken the news relatively well, with many agreeing with most of the choices, but one or two are not happy at seeing some key players leaving the club, as you’ll see below.
It’s wages too players want to stay want £££ a week ! Club not got loads to throw around plus if @markbonnercufc wants new faces will need every penny he can get ?⚽️
— craigieb (@craigburling) April 28, 2020
Honestly what clowns run this club
— Bobby Dickson (@Bob26395206) April 28, 2020
Taft one off are best defenders unreal and keeping o’Neil madness
— Keelin munns (@Keemunnsy) April 28, 2020
Why are letting one of the best defenders in the league go???? @t99fty
— Julian Lowe (@JulianLowe) April 28, 2020
That’s just a friggin mental decision
— Derek Suckling (@degsy380) April 28, 2020
O’Neil must have some very incriminating dirt on someone to be offered a new deal. More depressing news for 2020
— Daniel Boyle (@danielboyle10) April 28, 2020
We will be going down next season with keeping useless players like O’Neil and releasing good players
— Tom04 (@Tomkilby04) April 28, 2020
Have to agree. Both have been regulars in a team that has consistently struggled in the bottom half. Dunk would have been the only one I'd have offered a contract to.
— JoeJoe (@JoeJoe23742951) April 29, 2020