Stoke release seven players

Stoke have announced their end of season retained list with seven players being Rory Delap, Matthew Lund, Carlo Nash, Mama Sidibe, Jermaine Pennant, Dean Whitehead and Matthew Upson. Plus of course Michael Owen retired at the end of the season.

Delap and Sidibe were instrumental in helping us gain promotion to the Premier League. Sad to see both leave, although Delap’s trademark throw in has been negated by most Premiership defences now (bar Arsenal!) and Big Mama has been injury plagued in the past couple of years. Sad to see Whitehead leave too, as not the most technical of players he puts in 100% effort and can play in a variety of positions. Plus Stoke fans will miss the yellow card sweepstake every time Whitehead is on the pitch as he does seem to like keep the referee’s pen busy!

Pennant may still yet be thrown a lifeline by Mark Hughes if press reports are anything to go by.

Upsonwill prove a valuable signing wherever he ends up after impressing at Brighton on loan last season. Good, solid player when called upon.

Nash will doubtless be off doing more traveling and publishing related books, whilst Lund never really broke into the squad and spent much of his time out on loan to lower league clubs. Shame as he came highly recommended when we signed him from Crewe.

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