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Cambridge United to release nine out of contract players at end of Sky Bet League Two season

George Taft will be leaving Cambridge United at the end of the season. Picture: Rich Marsham
George Taft will be leaving Cambridge United at the end of the season. Picture: Rich Marsham

Cambridge United have announced that nine out-of-contract players will be leaving the Abbey Stadium this summer.

The U’s have released their retained list early, and of the 12 members of the squad whose deals were coming to an end at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, only three have been offered new terms.

Jabo Ibehre, Reggie Lambe, Samir Carruthers, George Taft, Paul Lewis, Dan Jones and youngsters Sam Bennett, Jordan Norville-Williams and goalkeeper Fin Iron will all be heading for pastures new.

The U’s are in contract discussions with Greg Taylor, Harrison Dunk and Liam O’Neil.

They also have five players currently on loan and Paul Mullin’s deal has expired so he has returned to parent club Tranmere Rovers.

Victor Adeboyejo, Sam Smith, Jack Roles and Ben Coker are also on temporary deals and the U’s are in discussions with their parent clubs about the terms of any potential loan extensions to the end of the current campaign.

“This is clearly a time of great uncertainty for football as well as every other part of society,” said United chief executive Ian Mather.

“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.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to each player who will be leaving Cambridge United this summer for their service and contribution to the club.”

The players under contract with the U’s for next season are Callum Burton, Andrew Dallas, Harry Darling, Leon Davies, Tom Dickens, Luke Hannant, Harvey Knibbs, Tom Knowles, Kyle Knoyle, George Maris, Dimitar Mitov, Joe Neal, Lewis Simper and Ben Worman.

Meanwhile, the U’s are still waiting for the latest plans to resume the Sky Bet League Two season.

The position of the EFL remains unchanged in that the priority is to resume the 2019/20 season as soon as possible, behind closed doors, but that matches will only return at an appropriate point and based on guidance from the relevant authorities.

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