Newcastle United have at last announced their retained list for next season.
Peter Lovekrands – becomes a free agent
And the news is that 11 players are leaving the club when their contracts end at the end of this month.
As expected Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands have been released, and an agreement was not reached on a new contract with Danny Guthrie, who wants first team football elsewhere.
Danny joined Newcastle from Liverpool four years ago for around £2M, and he ended up playing 104 times for Newcastle with 9 goals.
Smith was signed for £6M five years ago from Manchester United, and the former Newcastle captain played 94 times for Newcastle, and Peter Lovenkrands has essentially been at the club since January of 2009 on a free transfer and scored 29 goals in 84 appearances for the Magpies.
Alan Smith was offered a coaching role at Newcastle by Alan Pardew, but he turned it down, and is currently in negotiations with MK Dons on a new contract, and Alan played 10 times with two goals for the Dons since January on loan.
As well as these three senior players, some Development squad youngsters are leaving the club, and they are Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey, Ole Soderberg, Ryan Donaldson, Stephen Folan, Jeff Henderson, Tamas Kadar, Greg McDermott and Patrick Nzuzi have all been released.
Newcastle had announced 11 players on their site, but Ole Soderberg had already joined Norwegian club Molde, and the lads were all told back in February that would not be retained.
Hungarian International Tamas Kadar (3 caps) played 18 times for the Newcastle first team.
New contracts have been offered to Paul Dummett, Australian Brad Inman, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson and James Tavernier.