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The club have, this morning, confirmed that a number of players will be leaving this summer as planning gets underway for the 2019/20 season.

1819 burnley jon walters 00 500x500It always used to be known as the retained list, which we could expect within days of the end of the season, but things are different now and much of what has been released today has already become known during the last few days and weeks.

Three players who have featured in our first team will leave, headed, of course, by Stephen Ward who ends five years as a Claret. He’s joined by Jon Walters, who announced his retirement some time ago, and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Both Walters (pictured) and Lindegaard last played for us in the Europa League back in August, Lindegaard against Aberdeen and Walters in the away leg against İstanbul Başakşehir where he played the full ninety minutes.

None of that is new information and neither is the confirmation that Phil Bardsley has had his contract extended by a year. The club have reported similarly for Aaron Lennon although at the time he signed they reported that the deal was until the end of next season.

Young goalkeeper Conor Mitchell is also leaving. Conor has been with the club for seven years after signing a scholarship in the summer of 2012. The Northern Ireland under-21 international has spent this season out on loan at St. Johnstone and Linfield. Another player out on loan, Aiden O’Neill, has been offered a new deal.

When the contract news for the under-23s was announced recently, two players it was said would be reviewed at the end of the season. One of those, goalkeeper Adam Bruce, has been released but Scott Wilson, who won a third scholarship year last summer, has been offered his first professional deal. Scott has spent most of the season on loan at Stalybridge Celtic but returned recently and has impressed in the centre of defence for Steve Stone’s team.

Ntumba Massanka, as we reported yesterday, is also leaving after nine years at Turf Moor.

The Squad List has been updated to reflect the departures.

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