Date: 22nd May 2018 at 8:38am
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On Sunday, Wolverhampton Wanderers announced their retained and released list following the culmination of our Championship title-winning 2017/18 campaign.

With preparations now well underway for the coming Premier League season of 2018/19, the red-tops and the internet are awash with rumours linking players with an arrival or a big money departure from the Molineux this year, but the futures of some players are now more set in stone.

Jordan Allan, Dan Armstrong, Anthony Breslin, Nicu Carnat, Ross Finnie, Jon Flatt, Conor Levingston, Tomas Nogueira, Hakeem Odoffin, Adam Osbourne, Ryan Rainey and Jose Xavier have all come to the end of their contracts and have been released, and the club have also released Thomas Bexton, Brad Carr, Josh Hesson, Dominic Moan and Joel Whittingham from our scholarship programme.

The retained list reads as follows:

Benny Ashley-Seal, Danny Batth, Harry Beasley, Ryan Bennett, Harry Burgoyne, Oskar Buur, Ivan Cavaleiro, Conor Coady, Aaron Collins, Helder Costa, Daniel Csoka, Sylvain Deslandes, Matt Doherty, Barry Douglas, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Niall Ennis, Bright Enobakhare, Morgan Gibbs-White, Paul Gladon, Pedro Goncalves, Ben Goodliffe, Jordan Graham, Boubacar Hanne, Andrew Harris-Sealy, Kortney Hause, Aaron Hayden, Christian Herc, Carlos Heredia, Carl Ikeme, Dominic Iorfa, Cameron John, Connor Johnson, Ryan Leak, Ben Marshall, Joe Mason, Dan McKenna, Rafa Mir, Roderick Miranda, Duckens Nazon, Ruben Neves, Will Norris, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, Prince Oniangue, Owen Otasowie, Will Randall, Connor Ronan, Jack Ruddy, John Ruddy, Romain Saiss, Austin Samuels, Enzo Sauvage, Sherwin Seedorf, Aaron Simpson, Andreas Sondergaard, Ben Stevenson, Elliot Watt, Donovan Wilson, Ming-Yang Yang and Michal Zyro.

With no real ‘names’ released as we look for an element of continuity, obviously you would expect some of those contracted players to move on and not feature in our plans for next year, but they will demand transfer fees as we look to recoup some spending and run productively off the pitch as well as on it.

Fans were quick to pass praise onto our departing youngsters as they begin a new journey in their careers.

With a couple of loan signings to factor in and their futures, fans will be waiting for a more fullsome senior announcement but with the players remaining under contract it at least provides some answers for now in amongst all the speculation.