Shay Facey Departs as Walsall Announce Retained List

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Defender Shay Facey has been named as one of five players to be released by Walsall following the end of the campaign.

Shay Facey Departs as Walsall Announce Retained List

Several Depart as New Offers Held Back

Walsall have swiftly announced their retained list following the curtailment of the 2019-20 season.

It comes after clubs in League Two voted for an early conclusion of the campaign.

The result of the vote sends Swindon Town up as champions, along with Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle.

Walsall, meanwhile, were confirmed as finishing 12th and will compete a second season in the fourth tier.

But the early curtailment means Shay Facey will be released alongside midfield duo Gary Liddle and James Hardy.

Sending his well-wishes to the Saddlers, the departing Facey tweeted: “I’d just like to say thankyou to everybody at Walsall, my teammates, staff & supporters for your support during my short time at the club.

“I look forward to crossing paths again and I wish you all the best in the future. See you around.”

Academy products Mitch Candlin and Kory Roberts have also been told their services are no longer required.

A loan quartet of Jack Rose, Cameron Pring, Rory Holden and Nathan Sheron have all returned to their parent clubs.

Former Manchester City academy star Facey heads the list of departures; ex-Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie has been offered a new contract.

Defensive pair Callum Cockerill-Mollett and Tom Leak have also been given new terms.

Second-year apprentices Sam Perry and Joe Willis have been offered their first professional contracts.

The Saddlers have chosen to exercise options to extend the deals of Alfie Bates, Elijah Adebayo and Mat Sadler.

Former Birmingham City centre-defender Sadler will progress into a player/coach role for next season.

It leaves boss Darrell Clarke with 14 players already contracted for the 2020-21 season.

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