Who cares about the England squad? Yeovil Town have finally announced their released and retained lists! While there are some obvious judgements, there are a couple of surprises as well. Here’s what we made of Darren Way’s decisions.
Out of contract but given new offers:
Artur Krysiak (43 appearances, 0 goals)
The name Artur Krysiak would be high on a list of players that supporters would like to see playing at Huish Park next season, with the Polish ‘keeper proving to be a fan’s favourite. Unless the terms of the contract he has been offered are hugely different to what he was expecting, it would be a surprise to not see him signing on considering the fact he’s already posted some tweets alluding to his aims for the future with the Glovers.
Ben Tozer (32 appearances, 1 goal)
Ben Tozer was one of many Yeovil players who struggled with injuries throughout the 2015/16 season, but when fully fit he showed that he can be an assured midfielder who is calm on the ball and has good vision and positional sense. I’m glad to see him offered a new deal.
Nathan Smith (48 appearances, 1 goal)
It would be a big shock if Nathan Smith hadn’t been offered a new Glovers deal because of the fact he’s been one of the most consistent performers for Yeovil, despite being played out of position for the vast majority of the season. The only reason I can think of for Smithy not signing a new contract is if he was unhappy being played away from his usual full-back role, although given his strong performances in central defence, hopefully he’ll agree that playing there is best for him and the team.
Omar Sowunmi (8 appearances, 1 goal)
Omar Sowunmi is another player who has been played out of position; then-manager Paul Sturrock decided that the usual defender would be better as a striker. Unfortunately, the 6 foot 6 inch 20-year-old has been on the treatment table for far too long to test whether that’s true or not. However, it’s good to see him being given another chance to prove what he can do, even if he just stays on as cover for other players, and he’s probably cheap as chips too!
Francois Zoko (29 appearances, 8 goals)
Although his goals-to-games ratio from last season isn’t necessarily an impressive one, Francois Zoko has been popular with the Glovers supporters since he signed for the club in November. A striker who works hard and looks able to make things happen, he’ll be vital for Yeovil next season.
Ryan Dickson (42 appearances, 2 goals)
Although Ryan Dickson penned a two-year deal with Yeovil Town when he first signed, his offer has been described as a new contract rather than an extension. This may mean that he’ll have to take a slight pay cut if he wants to stay in Somerset, but I hope that he will. Dickson has a committed style of play that Darren Way will no doubt want to see mirrored in the rest of the squad. At 29 years of age, the former Glovers captain will also have enough experience to be a leader of the pitch.
Out of contract and released by the club
Leroy Lita (8 appearances, 1 goal)
Remember how excited we were when we heard that Leroy Lita was signing for our club? Things haven’t gone as planned, and the former Reading and Bristol City front man has failed to set the world alight during his time in Somerset. He’s struggled to find time on the pitch, and when he has he’s looked a bit overweight and lazy. In fact, his best performance was against Bristol Rovers, probably just to prove a point against the Gas fans who were booing him.
Jordan Gibbons (4 appearances, 0 goals)
Simon Gillett (6 appearances, 0 goals)
We have already been aware that Gillett had left Yeovil after the midfielder posted a farewell tweet. It’s disappointing to see a player with such quality go but there’s clearly not enough money in the pot to keep nursing him from injury, especially since he’s one of the club’s highest earners. The fact that he requested a loan deal to League One Peterborough United, and trained with the Posh even after that loan deal ran out would suggest that he wasn’t too bothered about getting back out on the Huish Park pitch either.
Chris Weale (13 appearances, 0 goals)
After taking up a player-coach role with the club he is well-respected as a legend at, it was surprising to see Chris Weale reveal that he will not be a part of Yeovil Town next season. However, there have been rumours that the wages he was being offered simply weren’t enough, so we can understand his decision not to return. We wish him well for the future.
Shaun Jeffers (32 appearances, 3 goals)
I don’t think anybody will be too disappointed to see Shaun Jeffers leave, especially after a poor season that saw him yield just 3 goals in 32 appearances. To be honest, it was even a surprise to see him return to the Glovers side after his loan deal with Woking, a spell in which he only made one Cardinals appearance.
Jack Compton (23 appearances, 5 goals)
Jack Compton was a name that not many expected to be on the released list, but in truth there haven’t been enough performances like the one he put in at AFC Wimbledon to warrant the winger being offered a new contract. That’s not all his fault though, as he’s struggled with injuries throughout the year, meaning we probably never really saw him at his best. We wish him well for the future.
Jakub Sokolik (40 appearances, 1 goal)
Jakub Sokolik was also a name that not many expected to be on the released list after the centre back made 40 appearances last year. However, after an impressive season which also saw him battle injury and play out of position, it’s possible that the 22-year-old may have asked for a bit more money than Darren Way was prepared to offer.
Marc Laird (22 appearances, 0 goals)
Marc Laird was, again, a name that not many expected to be on the released list, as Darren Way praised him as one of the Glovers’ biggest success stories. However, the midfielder doesn’t offer much going forward, and his style of play is also very similar to Ben Tozer’s. Out of the two, I would much prefer Tozer, and so we’re not too disappointed to see Laird leave.
Under contract until June 2017 but released by the club
Mark Beck (9 appearances, 0 goals)
It’s absolutely no surprise to see Mark Beck’s contract torn up by the Glovers, and we have no complaints either! The striker has hardly contributed on the pitch all season, and also struggled during a loan spell with Wrexham.
Wes Fogden (18 appearances, 2 goals)
I have to admit, I am very disappointed to see Wes Fogden leave. He showed great commitment and passion when playing, and as such his off-the-ball work was second to none. Despite the promise he showed, injuries plagued him, and there’s probably not enough dosh to keep him at the club if he’s not going to play. Nevertheless, we wish him well in the future.
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