Mayor and Proctor want to leave PNE

PHOTO KEVIN McGUINNESS.'GOAL. 1-0'Danny Mayor scores to win the match for Preston North End
PHOTO KEVIN McGUINNESS.'GOAL. 1-0'Danny Mayor scores to win the match for Preston North End
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Preston North End have released 14 players at the end of their contracts and transfer-listed seven others.

The Deepdale futures of four more players are up in the air too.

Danny Mayor and Jamie Proctor have informed the club they wish to play at a higher level if the chance arises, while Paul Parry and Luke Clark are in discussions over new deals offered to them.

The 14 reaching the end of their contracts who haven’t been retained include Nicky Hunt, Andreas Arestidou, David Gray, George Miller, Daniel Devine and Aaron Brown.

Youngsters Michael McLellan, Scott Leather, Alex Billington, Jamie Douglas, Dominic Comrie and Seanan Clucas also aren’t retained as they reach the end of their deals.

Ian Ashbee and Iain Turner are also on the freed list, although they effectively left the club some time ago after agreeing severance deals.

Those with time left on their contracts but have been made available for transfer are Bailey Wright, Barry Nicholson, Brian McLean, Juvhel Tsoumou, Keammer Daley, Conor McLaughlin and Darel Russell.

The inclusion of Wright, 19, on that list is perhaps the most surprising, having played the last 11 games of the season in defence.

Loan players Max Ehmer, Rhys Murphy and Chuks Aneke have returned to their parents clubs - QPR in Ehmer’s case and Arsenal in Murphy and Aneke’s.

North End say Iain Hume, Paul Couuts, Thorsten Stuckmann, Chris Robertson, Craig Morgan, Andy Procter, Chris Holroyd, Graham Cummins, Will Hayhurst and Adam Barton remain under contract.

But Procter won’t wear the skipper’s armband next season.

PNE chairman Peter Ridsdale revealed negotiations had been taking place to bring players to Deepdale, with some deals already close to completion.

He said: “After a disappointing season we are excited about the opportunity to build a squad capable of taking us back to the Championship.

“At a time of such change we would like to thank all those players who are leaving us and at the same time welcome all the incoming players to Deepdale.”