PNE striker Beckford released by Bolton

Jermaine Beckford scores his Preston's fourth goal against Oldham
Jermaine Beckford scores his Preston's fourth goal against Oldham
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Jermaine Beckford is one of 13 players set to be released from Bolton when their contracts expire on June 30.

The 31-year-old, who has spent the majority of the season on loan at Preston and last weekend helped North End book their first Wembley trip since 1994 with two goals in their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second-leg win over Chesterfield, made 51 appearances and scored 11 goals for Wanderers.

Fellow senior players Matt Mills, Keith Andrews, Craig Davies and Andrew Lonergan will also depart Macron Stadium at the end of next month, the Championship club revealed on Friday morning when they officially announced their retained list.

Mills captained the side for the latter half of the most recent campaign, scoring seven goals in a total of 94 appearances for the north-west outfit, while Andrews played 29 times and found the net on four occasions for the Trotters.

Davies featured in 58 games, netting 11 goals, while Lonergan turned out 62 times for the club.

Chris Lester, Georg Iliev, Luke Woodland, Glenn Matthews, Ryan Sellers, James Ball, Carl Kennedy and Kieran Nolan will also leave.

The club thanked the departing players for their efforts and wished them well for the future. In a statement on they added that talks over contract extensions remained ongoing with Darren Pratley, Adam Bogdan, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey.