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Owls' Unlucky 7 Released

Owls' Unlucky 7 Released

Wednesday boss Brian Laws has revealed the seven players whose contracts won't be renewed at Hillsborough next season - with Burton O'Brien leading the departing pack.

The season may only be just over a week old, but Laws has acted quickly in releasing players to enable them to find new clubs and to release some extra cash to bolster his squad for the 2008-09 campaign.

Burton O'Brien, Ronnie Wallwork, Rob Burch, Lee Bullen, Dave McClements, James Kay and Jason Bradley have all been told they can leave S6 this summer.

'I'd have loved to have kept Rob Burch; he's been an influence in keeping Lee Grant on his toes, and we wanted two good keepers pushing each other. But Rob has progressed so well that he wants first-team football as well, and we have Richard O'Donnell coming through,' Laws told the Sheffield Star.

'We've also had to make decisions of people like Burton O'Brien and Rob to release some money to strengthen in other ways.

'The board have made money available for wages for two or three players; I also have to help by allowing one or two players out.'

But youngster Sean McAllister has been offered a new contract, as have fellow youngsters Liam McMenamin and Luke Boden, the latter having already been involved in first team matters.

And Academy scholars Sam Liversidge and Aaron Jameson have been invited to join the Owls' professional ranks from next season.

Laws also revealed that money at S6 will still be tight as things stand, but he hopes the return of a couple of injured players, including Francis Jeffers, will act as 'new players' for the new season.

He continued: 'Money is still very tight. We all know we have to work within the current parameters until things change.

'In the meantime, we have to work with what we have.

'With the players who will be coming back from injuries, it will be like having several new signings.'

Writer:Nick
Date:Wednesday May 14 2008
Time: 9:24AM

Comments

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Shame about BOB - I always liked him but Wallwork is right decision! Great news about Macca getting new deal - let's hope it's a long one to keep him with us for a good while. Anyone know how promising McMenamin or Boden are? What positions?
SuperOwls
14/05/2008 09:34:00
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Agreed on BoB. He's a good player. I'm guessing he's on a decent wage and is really only a bit part player so can see Laws' justification. My only issue with the others listed is that KENNY LUNT does not feature. What a joke. I know Boden is well rated. It is vital that Macca re-signs.
S6Apple
14/05/2008 09:40:00
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Think BOB did well under Laws towards the latter half of last season so a bit disappointed to see him go, but if it means bringing someone better in then so be it
welshyowl
14/05/2008 09:47:00
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Unfortunately Lunt has got another year left on his contract with us, so we can't release him till summer 2009 :(
johnnywalker69
14/05/2008 09:51:00
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get lunt out on loan for the season then!!
swfcjambo
14/05/2008 10:16:00
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i dont think theres anyone there that were gonna really miss, just a shame lunt aint on there, cant we offload him on crewe
Barton6435
14/05/2008 11:03:00
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Laws is basically saying that there is no money whatsoever and the board will only allow him wages for free transfers. Where is the money we were receiving in stages for Brunt and Bougherra? Where is the £500,000 bonus from Brunt after WBA's promotion? What about the 5-6 million that will be raised from season ticket sales? Where the **** does it all go?
onedeaddj
14/05/2008 11:07:00
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good that mcallister has been offered a new deal. get shut of gilbert and lunt now. songo'o and bolder would be good signings.
aball2112
14/05/2008 11:31:00
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doesnt all the money go to your massive debt!?
mattyg
14/05/2008 11:35:00
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cost of running a football club is not free you know onedeaddj.
bladesforlife1889
14/05/2008 13:14:00
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