The EFL free agents that Bristol Rovers can target this summer (2024)

The deadline for EFL clubs to submit their retained lists following the 2023/24 season is fast approaching with it expected to be this Saturday (May 18). Bristol Rovers and a number of their fellow League One outfits were punctual with revealing who would be leaving the club which will no doubt be of interest to other sides.

Naturally with the scale of the recruitment job that the Gas face this summer, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some of these names pose with a Rovers shirt outside The Quarters over the coming months. The Gas will need to dip into the free agent market in order to afford what could well prove to be an overhaul of 10 players or more.

It won't just be Rovers though with all clubs outside of the Championship likely to use the free agent pool as their marketplace and it wouldn't be a surprise to see at least a one of the seven players released by the Gas rock up at the Mem as an opposition player next season.

With the play-offs yet to be concluded in any division within the EFL, there are still a handful of clubs within the third and fourth tiers that are still yet to submit their retained lists but, for now, here are all of the players released so far.

League One

Blackpool

Released: Mackenzie Chapman, Callum Connolly, Marvin Ekpiteta, Dannen Francis, Brad Holmes, Shayne Lavery, Donovan Lescott, Luke Mariette, Will Squires, Tayt Trusty, Matty Virtue

Offered new contracts: James Husband, Tyler Hill

Cambridge United

Released: Ryan Bennett, Harrison Dunk, Brandon Haunstrup, James Holden, Saikou Janneh, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Lyle Taylor

Offered new contracts: James Brophy, Mamadou Jobe, Elias Kachunga, Sullay Kaikai, Will Mannion, Glenn McConnell, Amaru Kaunda

Player option on game-related trigger: Jordan Cousins

Available for transfer: Jack Lankester, Adam May, Jubril Okedina, Lewis Simper

Options exercised: Dan Barton, Liam Bennett, Louis Chadwick, Brandon Njoku

Charlton Athletic

Released: Kazenga LuaLua, Connor Wickham, Richard Chin, Michael Hector, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Jack Payne, Terell Thomas, Lewis Ward

Offered new contracts: Thierry Small, Tyreece Campbell

Exeter City

Released: Gary Woods, Alex Hartridge, Harry Kite, Kyle Taylor, James Scott, Joe O'Connor, Harrison King

In talks: Zak Jules, Demetri Mitchell, Harry Lee, Caleb Watts, Tom Carroll

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Leyton Orient

Released: Rob Hunt, Adam Thompson, Harrison Sodje, Emmanuel Harvest, Jephte Tanga, Ethan Light

In talks: Tom James, Jack Simpson, Dan Happe, Ruel Sotiriou, Theo Archibald, Darren Pratley, Noah Phillips

Lincoln City

Released: Hakeeb Adelakun, TJ Eyoma

Option exercised: Lasse Sorensen

In talks: Ted Bishop, Danny Mandroiu, Lewis Montsma, Hayden Cann, Elicha Ahui

Mansfield Town

Released: Anthony Hartigan, Callum Johnson, John-Joe O'Toole, Louie Turner (U21)

Options exercised: George Williams, McKeal Abdullah (U21), Charlie Carter (U21), Finn Flanagan (U21), Jakub Kruszynski (U21), Darien Wauchope (U21)

In talks: Lucas Akins, Ollie Clarke, James Gale, George Maris, Stephen McLaughlin, Rhys Oates, Stephen Quinn, Taylor Anderson (U21), George Cooper (U21), Owen Mason (U21)

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Northampton Town

Released: Peter Abimbola, Dominic Gape, Ryan Haynes, Danny Hylton, Liam Moore

Offered new contracts: Louis Appere, Lee Burge, Ben Fox, Shaun McWilliams, Sam Sherring, Jordan Willis

Options exercised: Akin Odimayo

Reading

Released: Matty Carson, Nesta Guinness-Walker, Sam Hutchinson, Clinton Mola

Options exercised: Femi Azeez, Michael Craig, Jeriel Dorsett, Kelvin Ehibatiomhan, Joel Pereira, Jayden Wareham

In talks: Kelvin Abrefa, Tivonge Rushesha

Rotherham United:

Released: Cafu, Curtis Durose, Grant Hall, Joel Holvey, Lee Peltier, Nat Ford, Sam Clucas, Sean Morrison, Shane Ferguson, Tolaji Bola, Tyler Blackett

In talks: Jamie Lindsay

Available for transfer: Jamie McCart, Josh Kayode

Shrewsbury Town

Released: Harry Burgoyne, Tom Flanagan, Tunmise Sobowale, Elliott Bennett, Tom Bayliss, Rayhaan Tulloch, Aiden O’Brien, Ryan Bowman.

In talks: Marko Marosi, Mal Benning, Aaron Pierre, Chey Dunkley, Dan Udoh.

Stevenage

Released: Theo Alexandrou, Harry Anderson

In talks: Kane Hemmings, Alex MacDonald

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Stockport County

Released: Todd Kane, Ryan Croasdale, Myles Hippolyte, Jordan Smith, Bobby Jones, Taylor McMahon, Christian Mulindwa, Paddy Madden

In talks: Ryan Rydel, Cody Johnson, Ben Hinchliffe, Macauley Southam Hales, Connor Lemonheigh Evans, Antoni Sarcevic

Wigan Athletic

Released: Ben Amos, Stephen Humphrys, Josh Magennis, Tom Pearce, Charlie Wyke

In talks: Jordan Jones, Jason Kerr, Callum McManaman, Harry McHugh

Wrexham

Released: Aaron Hayden, Rob Lainton, Callum McFadzean, Ben Tozer, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Luke Young, Owen Cushion, Dan Davies

Offered new contracts: Steven Fletcher, Mark Howard, Aaron James

Option exercised: James McClean

Decision pending: Scott Butler

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Wycombe Wanderers

Released: Max Stryjek, Joe Jacobson, D’Mani Mellor, Nathan Shepperd, Jack Wakely, Kane Vincent-Young

Offered new contracts: Chris Forino, Garath McCleary, Franco Ravizzoli

*Barnsley, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Burton Albion, Huddersfield Town, Oxford United and Peterborough United yet to publish their retained lists at the time of writing.

League Two

Accrington Stanley

Released: Kelvin Mellor, Matt Lowe, Sean McConville, Baba Fernandes, Bailey Sloane, Leslie Adekoya, Jack Massey, Korede Adedoyin, Jack McIntyre

Offered new contracts: Toby Savin, Shaun Whalley, Joe Pritchard, Rosaire Longelo, Jack Nolan, Seamus Conneely, Connor O'Brien

Options exercised: Liam Coyle, Ben Woods, Tommy Leigh, Oliver Patrick, Dan Martin, Aaron Pickles, Lewis Trickett, Josh Woods

Offered to return for pre-season: Liam Isherwood, Emerich Poilly

AFC Wimbledon

Released: Quaine Bartley, Marcel Campbell, Josh Hallard, Paul Kalambayi, Ben Mason, Alex Pearce, Harry Pell, Zach Robinson, Nik Tzanev

Offered new contracts: Huseyin Biler, Lee Brown, Armani Little, Ethan Sutcliffe

Option exercised: Jack Currie

In talks: Ronan Curtis

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Barrow

Released: George Ray, Jamie Proctor, Tom White, Courtney Duffus, Sam Foley, Tyrell Warren, Rory Feely, Owen Bray, Malakai Reeve, Sam Bellis

Options exercised: Sean Etaluku, Junior Tiensia, Niall Canavan, Elliot Newby, Paul Farman

In talks: James Chester, Ben Whitfield

Bradford City

Released: Dylan Youmbi, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Harry Chapman, Harvey Rowe, Heath Richardson, Isaac Robinson, Liam Ridehalgh, Luke Hendrie, Matt Derbyshire, Noah Wadsworth, Sam Bentley

Offered new contracts: Colin Doyle (will also remain men’s first team goalkeeping coach, Jamie Walker , Matty Platt

Options exercised: Bobby Pointon, Brad Halliday, Richie Smallwood, Sam Stubbs

Carlisle United

Released: Josh Emmanuel, Jordan Gibson, Tomas Holy, Paul Huntington, Max Kilsby, Sean Maguire, Kai Nugent, Corey Whelan

Offered new contract: Anton Dudik

Cheltenham Town

Released: Jamie Pardington, Ben Williams, Liam Smith, Curtis Davies, Dan Adshead, James Olayinka, Josh Harrop, Adulai Sambu, Greg Sloggett

Offered new contracts: Luke Southwood, Sean Long, Will Ferry, Liam Sercombe, George Lloyd

Option exercised: Tom Bradbury

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Chesterfield

Released: Jeff King, Laurence Maguire, Luke Chadwick, Bailey Clements, Harley Curtis, George Wilkinson, Sam Hooper, Archie White, Alexander Duhameau

Options exercised: Ollie Banks, Michael Jacobs

Colchester United

Released: Sam Hornby, Tom Dallison, John Akinde, Marley Marshall Miranda

Offered new contracts: Noah Chilvers, Cameron McGeehan, Chay Cooper, Al-Amin Kazeem

Fleetwood Town

Released: Ben Heneghan, Shaun Rooney

Options exercised: Barry Baggley, Cian Hayes, Maleace Asamoah

Grimsby Town

Released: Harvey Tomlinson, Edwin Essel, Aaron Braithwaite, Jamie Bramwell, Niall Maher, Anthony Glennon, Abo Eisa, Arthur Gnahoua, Gavan Holohan, Otis Khan, Danny Amos

In talks: Harry Clifton, Denver Hume, Callum Ainley

Option exercised: Kieran Green

Newport County

Released: Joe Day, Declan Drysdale, Omar Bogle, Offrande Zanzala, James Waite, Jonny Maxted, Harrison Bright, Sam Bowen

In talks: Ryan Delaney, Scot Bennett, Harry Charsley, Aaron Wildig

Option exercised: Will Evans

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Notts County

Released: Aden Baldwin, Richard Brindley, Tobi Adebayo, Jim O’Brien, John Bostock, Luther Munakandafa

Offered new contract: Geraldo Bajrami

Available for transfer: Aidan Stone, Connell Rawlinson, Will Randall

Option exercised: Cedwyn Scott

Port Vale

Released: Jayson Leutwiler, Gavin Massey, James Wilson

In talks: Uche Ikpeazu, Deklan Wynne

Swindon Town

Released: Charlie Austin, Tomi Adeloye, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Conor Brann, Tom Brewitt, Tom Clayton, Reece Devine, Brooklyn Genesini, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, George McEachran, Tyrese Shade

Contracts offered: Sean McGurk, Nnamdi Ofoborh

Options exercised: Jack Bycroft, Paul Glatzel, Udoka Godwin-Malife, Saidou Khan, Williams Kokolo

Tranmere Rovers

Released: Jean Belehouan, Mikey Davies, Ben Hockenhull, Rhys Hughes, Charlie Jolley, Ousmane Kane, Luis Lacey, Paul Lewis, Reece McAlear, Dan Pike, Conor Robson, Joe Starbuck, Joe Yarney

In talks: Luke Norris

Options exercised: Jordan Turnbull, Chris Merrie

*Bromley, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham, Harrogate Town, MK Dons, Morecambe, Salford City and Walsall yet to publish their retained lists at the time of writing.

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