Conor Washington released
The club today issued their released and retained list.
Chris Gunter, Conor Washington, Adam Matthews, Ben Watson, Pape Souare and Stephen Henderson all leave following the expiry of their contracts.
Whereas all of the loan players return to their parent clubs, that is Akin Famewo, who we did have an option to buy, Elliot Lee, Jonathan Leko, Mason Burstow, Nile John and Juan Castillo.
Well it was the clean sweep most people wanted, but Washington not being offered a new contract is still a surprise.
I have said often that we were a better side with Washington in it. His departure will only make a lick of sense when we see who replaces him.
Washington leaving the building may also show intent to change formation to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.
There was a lot to like about Conor, and if he could finish more consistently then he would not be playing in the 3rd Division, but he still has a goal record of one in three and always looked to me as if he was a step ahead of most of his team mates in terms of making space and stretching opposition defences.
I saw a stat today that said in the 28 games that the Irishman played in last season we won 47 points. In the 18 games he did not start in, we won 12. I hope we do not regret letting him go especially hearing that Thomas’ reason may have been his vocal support of Jacko.
Jackson and Sandgaard and one assumes his son did not agree on the decision not to extend Washington’s contract.
The others that departed makes sense. The Adam Matthews experiment has surely run it’s course.
Ryan Inniss, Jake Forster Caskey, Josh Davison and Nathan Harness were each rewarded with one-year extensions. Each had that option in their contracts, and I have to say that the decision on Ryan Inniss seems nonsensical.
It would have been a silly decision to move JFC on after a year of rehabilitation. Josh Davison’s retention might only be to protect us if the club’s gets an approach for him, otherwise frankly I would have put him in the departure lounge.
George Dobson, Corey Blackett-Taylor and Ashley Maynard-Brewer have each had a one-year option added to their contracts that were due to expire in 2023.
Ben Purrington and his agent are in discussions with the club. He’s one I’d like to keep him, whilst Jason Pearce has been offered an academy coaching role.