Peterborough United have announced their retained list following their relegation from the Championship.
It comes as no real surprise that there will be minimal changes to the Posh squad after what they achieved in the second half of their relegation season from the Championship.
Only four players have been made available for transfer after being advised that their services are no longer required. Three of the four are forwards, namely Emile Sinclair, Nicky Ajose and million pound man Tyrone Barnett. The other player is the unfortunate Daniel Kearns.
Kearns started pre-season in excellent form and pushed himself into contention of a first team starting place until tragedy happened in the home pre-season match with Aston Villa which saw the Irish midfielder limp out of the action. On returning from injury, Kearns went out on loan to re-gain his match fitness and put in some man of the match appearances for League Two outfit York City. That form saw him recalled to the Posh squad but surprisingly, he remained as an unused substitute for the majority of the time. He eventually went out on loan again, this time to Rotherham United and was part of their squad that achieved promotion to League One, although his match time was limited.
Front pairing Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett were two of the rebels that were suspended by Posh earlier in the season and were shipped out on loan almost immediately.
Sinclair first went to Championship rivals Barnsley but only managed four appearances before moving to the eventual champions of League One, Doncaster Rovers. However, he also made just a handful of appearances!
Barnett went out on loan to Ipswich Town and impressed Mick McCarthy who was fairly new to the Ipswich managers hot seat. An injury put paid to his stay at Portman Road and he returned to Posh. Despite Darren Ferguson saying Barnett would never wear a Posh shirt again and Barnett himself saying he hoped he never had to put a Posh shirt on again, he did come back into the squad towards the end of the season.
Barnett does offer the squad something different but the issues that have gone on during the season has soured the relationship between the two and it was obvious that Posh would want to off-load their record signing.
It is hoped Ipswich will re-new their interest in the forward while Rotherham United, under the guidance of Steve Evans who managed him at Crawley, may come in for the 27-year-old as they look to make back-to-back promotions.
Nicky Ajose has failed to make it at Posh since his £300,000 signing from Manchester United. His debut lasted 30 minutes before injury struck and it`s been downhill since then which has seen him go out on numerous loans. He ended last season playing alongside fellow Posh striker Jonson Clarke-Harris at Bury who were relegated from League One.
On a more positive note, new contracts have been offered to former captain Grant McCann and Mark Little.
The pairing started the season on the transfer list but impressive performances by the duo saw McCann earn a one-year contract although Little remained, surprisingly, on the transfer list for the whole of the season. Little was arguably one of the most consistent players for Posh in their relegation season.
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