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25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors announce retained and released lists

SOLIHULL Moors have confirmed that seven players will leave the club following the conclusion of the season including striker Danny Newton after the club announced their released and retained lists.

Newton scored six goals in 39 appearances during his sole season at the ARMCO Arena with fellow first-team players Jordan Cranston and Adam Rooney also moving on.

Striker Rooney scored six goals in 25 games last season whilst Cranston played 22 times last term and last appeared for Moors in April.

The other players to depart are Niall Clayton, Ben Usher-Shipway, Melis Bushaj and Tom Allsopp.

Solihull boss Neal Ardley said: “The young lads that have been on the periphery of the first team need to play football and I’m sure there will be a host of clubs interested in their services, and we wish them all the very best.

“Jordan Cranston started the season very well and was unfortunate with the timing of his sending offs and the form of Harry Boyes who had an outstanding season. An ultimate professional, who has been very unfortunate not to play regularly.

“Danny Newton is loved by us all here. His work ethic is outstanding, and he is a great person too, an unbelievable character. Unfortunately, we couldn’t guarantee him the game time he needs next season at this stage of his career, so we’ve had to make an extremely tough decision to part ways.

“Adam Rooney was brought in as a marquee signing two years ago. He is a leader in our dressing room and very well respected by everyone at the club, both on the pitch and in the community, he has been an immense character.”

And loan deals for Harry Boyes, Callum Reilly, Joe McDonnell, Mark Ellis and Lois Maynard have all expired as the club thanked each of their clubs and the players for their efforts.

Ardley added: “A huge thank you to Joe McDonnell for coming in at short notice and being an unbelievable player, person and goalkeeper for us at our time of need.

“We wish Harry Boyes all the best back at Sheffield United – he has had an amazing season and I am sure he will go onto great things.

“Lois Maynard has been an incredible signing for us on loan from Stockport County. It’s very unfortunate for Lois that he struggled with injuries at the back end of the season, but we thank him for his efforts. He is a great character.

“Mark Ellis was brought in to help us through the period of Callum Howe’s injury – he did that and has been an outstanding professional around the place and in the run-in. We wish him the best at Barrow next season.

“Callum Reilly was brought in to help bolster the squad at the back end of the season. He probably hasn’t had the playing time he deserved or needed but has been an integral member of the squad in the run-in and is an outstanding professional.

“All of these lads have contributed to an incredible team spirit which I have never seen or experienced before. A squad is only as good as the characters within it, and I will be forever grateful to these boys for the role they have played. I sincerely wish them all the very best of luck and I know they will always be friends for life.”

Moors have activated the options to extend deals for key duo Alex Gudger and Joe Sbarra whilst new contracts have been offered to Jamey Osborne, Reiss McNally, Justin Donawa and Kyle Hudlin.

Ryan Boot, James Clarke, Kyle Storer, Callum Howe, Callum Maycock, Ryan Barnett, Andrew Dallas and Matt Preston remain under contract at the club.

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