JAY McEveley was the highest profile casualty as Swindon Town chose not to renew the contracts of 10 players last week.
McEveley, who played 78 times for the club following his initial loan switch from Barnsley in March 2012, was unable to agree on an extended stay at the Wiltshire outfit and is now free to look for a new side over the summer.
The Scouser, voted third by Advertiser readers in the paper’s Player of the Year poll recently, received a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 87th minute of Saturday’s home clash with Rotherham United.
Afterwards he spoke of how much the reception of the fans meant to him, telling the Advertiser: “It was special. I didn’t know I was seen in that light, to be honest. I just go about my business and give everything on the pitch.
“If I have a good game or a bad game or a six out of 10 game I’m always giving 110 per cent. Maybe they’ve seen that and I like that in them.
“Looking at this season I think my form’s been more than a six out of 10, to be honest. I think I’ve had a pretty good campaign and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve enjoyed playing with these talented kids.”
Lee Cox, Aaron Oakley, Dany N’Guessan, Alex Smith, Alex Ferguson, Leigh Bedwell, Paul Benson, Kayden Jackson and Mark Francis were also released by the club.
Oakley tweeted: “After 11 years at Swindon it's time to move on. Been a great bunch of lads this year and good memories from my time here! New chapter.
“Disappointed I didn’t get to play but I’m happy that I’ve come through the system and would like to thank everyone at Swindon.”
Bedwell tweeted: “Gutted 12 years at Swindon has ended, playing for the team I support was a dream come true. Made great friends along the way too!”
Jackson, the winner of last season’s Samsung Win A Pro Contract competition, tweeted: “Last drive home from Swindon, been a good year with some top lads! Looking forward to what the future will bring now though.”
The situations of a further four players remain up in the air, with Town working on potential extended deals for Troy Archibald-Henville, Raphael Branco, Connor Waldon and Jack Barthram.
Alan Navarro, who has missed the entire season through injury, is understood to be set to retire when his contract expires in the summer after a long-standing cruciate knee ligament problem.
Harry Agombar, who penned a one-year deal last summer, has barely featured in Mark Cooper’s matchday squads this season and is unlikely to remain on the club’s books in 2014/15.