PAUL McSHANE, Hull City’s longest-serving player, heads the list of players released by Steve Bruce following relegation from the Premier League.
The Republic of Ireland international was one of six squad members whose contracts are due to expire next month who have been shown the door.
Liam Rosenior, second only to McShane in the list of last season’s squad who had been at the KC Stadium the longest, is also among those set to depart along with Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figueroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon.
Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn are the only two soon-to-be out of contract players to be offered new deals. Bruce has already signed an extension to keep him at the Tigers until 2017, while Quinn is believed to be pondering the offer while on holiday.
The exit of half a dozen players follows relegation, which is expected to cost the Tigers around £50m in lost revenue next season despite the East Riding club being due to receive a parachute payment of £25m.
Further departures are expected with Dame N’Doye believed to have been told on signing for £3m last January that he would be free to leave East Yorkshire if the club fell out of the top flight.
Nikica Jelavic and record signing Abel Hernandez are also understood not to be too keen on playing in the Championship, something that could suit Hull as the club tries to cut its cloth accordingly amid such a huge drop in income.
Manager Bruce said: “Regrettably following relegation, we have made the decision to release the majority of those players whose contracts have expired.
“The aim now is to retain as many of the remaining squad as possible and look to add some new faces this summer as we bid to compete at the top end of the Championship and bounce straight back into the top flight.”
McShane first joined the Tigers, initially on loan, in 2008 and went on to make 136 appearances, 25 fewer than did Rosenior after moving north in 2010.
The departure of the duo means James Chester is now the club’s longest-serving player. Only his and Robbie Brady’s arrival at the KC pre-date that of Bruce three years ago.
Meanwhile, Hull’s Championship rival, Leeds United, have announced two pre-season fixtures in Austria and Norway.
United, who had a farcical pre-season trip a year ago that included one opponent not turning up, will face La Liga side Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, July 21 in Austria and German outfit Hoffenheim in Norway the following Saturday. Venues and kick-off times will be announced in due course, the club say.
Former Leeds and Rotherham striker Luciano Becchio has been released by Norwich City.
FC Halifax Town have announced the signing of former Sheffield United and York City man Elliott Whitehouse following his release by Notts County.