Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay has paid tribute to outgoing captain Glenn Loovens.
The 34-year-old defender - who has not played for the last two months as Luhukay opted for younger players - was told earlier this week his contract will not be renewed when it expires this month.
The former Celtic and Cardiff City centre-half - who joined the Owls in 2013 - is set for an emotional farewell in Sunday's final game of the season, at home to Norwich City.
If selected, it would mark his 150th appearance in a Wednesday shirt.
“Glenn’s character and mentality is fantastic," said Luhukay. "It has not been easy in the last few months (for him). He has not played many games.
"Most of the time he was not playing but his character on the training field and in the camp was always very positive.
“He motivated his colleagues in this last period so I have a lot of respect for him as a person and as a footballer. He had a fantastic career before he came to Sheffield. He played for some great clubs.”
The Owls have also released winger Ross Wallace, but Luhukay explained why the Owls had agreed to extend defender Daniel Pudil's contract by another 12 months.
“It is very positive that Daniel will play his football for us in the next year and we are very happy with that,” he said.
“I see Daniel in that central position in the defending, he has done a good job in the last months.
“He has made progression in that position and he likes the position too.
“We have with Daniel a player who has experience in the Championship and we are happy with him.”