Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillet and goalkeeper Chris Weale, who was born locally, have left the club.
While the Glovers have not yet published their released and retained lists, both players revealed their departures through lengthy messages posted on Twitter.
Neither Gillet nor ‘Wealey’ featured for the Glovers to a great extent over the 2015/16 season, with Gillett being injured for the majority and then sent out on loan to League One side Peterborough United, and coach Weale mostly being kept out of the team by Artur Krysiak.
However, during their times in Somerset they have made big impacts. Gillett scored a vital goal against Accrington Stanley to secure a lucrative FA Cup tie over Manchester United in 2014, while Weale made 250 Yeovil appearances and also scored a memorable equaliser over Hereford United in 2009.
The official released and retained lists are expected to be revealed in the next couple of days, and is likely to contain news of further Glovers departures.
After asking to be sent out on loan to Peterborough United, and then remaining there to train despite that loan deal running out, it wasn’t really a surprise to see that Simon Gillett wouldn’t be returning to Yeovil Town next season.
This is a shame because we’ve seen the quality that the former Bristol City player possesses on many occasions, and there was even a belief that his return from injury could spark a turnaround this year.
We didn’t need him in the end, and it was also very disappointing to see him not putting up too much of a fight to get into the side. Despite his quality, Darren Way needs players who are willing to run through brick walls for the Glovers and Gillett clearly wasn’t.
The fact that he is reportedly one of the club’s highest earners also means that the decision to allow him to leave was probably an easy one. Nevertheless, I wish him well in the future.
The news that Chris Weale is leaving was far more unexpected; it seemed that he was very much settled being a player/coach for his hometown team.
However, there are probably further factors in the decision to release the club legend, most likely budgetary. Despite making the occasional mistake in between the sticks this season, I still have every faith that he has the quality to sign for a decent Conference side, and hopefully he will continue his coaching career in the process.
Of course, it’s impossible to think of Weale without thinking about *that* goal against Hereford United. I’ll always remember a figure in blue sprinting away with his hand in the air, having netted a crucial equaliser.
While it’s disappointing for things to have not worked out for either player at Yeovil, the memories that the two have created will last a lifetime, especially Weale’s achievements. They may not have had a place at the club for next season, but they’ll always have a place in the fan’s hearts.