Former Port Vale and Stoke City players among 22 released by Stevenage



Port Vale’s League Two rivals Stevenage have released 22 players, including former Vale defender Tyler Denton and ex Stoke City midfielder Tom Soares.

Stevenage have finished bottom of the table and so are facing relegation to the National League. However, that hasn’t been confirmed yet because second-from bottom Macclesfield, who have already been deducted points twice this season, have been charged by the FA for failing to pay players on time.

In the meantime, Stevenage have become the latest League Two club to publish their retained list.

The players released are: Adam El Abd, Sacha Bastien, Joel Byrom, Canice Carroll, Jake Cassidy, Jason Cowley, Diaguely Dabo, Tyler Denton, Paul Digby, Harry Draper, Andronicos Georgiou, Simeon Jackson, Jamie Jellis, Ben Kennedy, Ben Nugent, Dean Parrett, Patrick Reading, Alex Reid, Joel Rollinson, Tom Soares, Emmanuel Sonupe and Paul Taylor.

Manager Alex Revell told his club’s website: “I inherited a long list of players, but it has been a poor season and I want to bring a fresh start, a new level of commitment, a new energy and a new enthusiasm to the football club.

“No matter which league we play in next season, I want to work with a smaller squad and build a winning environment so I will be looking to get the right blend of youth and experience.

“I am really happy with the players retained and now want to add lads that I believe will flourish in a new environment. We have had long enough to plan, I know who we want and I expect to be announcing additions to the squad over the next few weeks”.

Tyler Denton gained his first experience in the Football League while on loan at Port Vale from Leeds United for the first half of the 2017/18 season.

The attacking left back or left-wing-back played 21 games for Vale in their first season back in League Two. The 24 year old had a further loan at Peterborough before signing for Stevenage in the summer of 2019.

Soares, now 33, joined Stoke City for £1.25m from Crystal Palace as Stoke began their first season in the Premier League, in 2008/09.

He would play 12 games for Stoke and have loans at Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Hibs before transfers to Bury, Wimbledon and then Stevenage last summer.

League Two clubs voted last week to end their regular season. They had already agreed informally to that decision at a meeting in May.

Places have been settled on points per game with Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth promoted and Exeter, Colchester, Northampton and Cheltenham contesting the behind-closed-doors play-offs which begin this evening (Thursday). 





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