Terras announce release and retained list for 2022/23 season

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Weymouth have revealed their list of contracted players for next season Picture: MARK PROBIN
Weymouth have revealed their list of contracted players for next season Picture: MARK PROBIN

WEYMOUTH have announced their release and retained list for the 2022/23 Vanarama National League South season.

The Terras were last season relegated from the Vanarama National League after two seasons in non-League's top flight.

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And Weymouth have just six contracted players for the following campaign.

Here, we look at the full list and the finer details.

Contracted for 2022/23Tyler Cordner, Omar Mussa, Tom Blair, Ollie Harfield, Ahkeem Rose and Sean Shields.

PLAYER contracts are a complicated business these days and Weymouth's list is no different, despite having only six players tied down for 2022/23.

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Echosport understands at least four players from last season's squad have relegation clauses built in to their multi-year deals.

Tyler Cordner and Sean Shields - two of the Terras' best signings in recent seasons - could leave the club this summer due to the relegation.

The duo were left out of the side that beat Dover 2-1 on Sunday.

Ahkeem Rose and Brandon Goodship are also understood to have performance-based clauses which could activate talks over fresh terms.

The measures mean that Weymouth can potentially save money for next season's playing budget.

Ollie Harfield and Tom Blair are expected to stay, barring transfer bids from other clubs.

Omar Mussa is the subject of interest and some sources have indicated Weymouth may look to cash in on the Belgian this summer.

Contracts ending this summer: Ross Fitzsimons, Taofiq Olomowewe, Ben Morgan, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Jordan Greenidge and Josh Leslie-Smith.

ROSS Fitzsimons has already announced his exit, while Ben Morgan posted a more cryptic message on social media, declaring he is ready for the next challenge.

Taofiq Olomowewe was on loan at Dulwich Hamlet twice last season and Jordan Greenidge spent time at Dartford.

Martell Taylor-Crossdale (knee) and Josh Leslie-Smith (head) have struggled with injuries all season.

In talks over new dealsXander McBurnie, Andreas Robinson, Ben Thomson, Josh McQuoid, Bradley Ash, Tom Bearwish, Cameron Murray, Matt Buse, Tommy Scott and Brandon Goodship.

BRANDON Goodship is the stand-out name on the list.

He is undoubtedly Weymouth's best finisher on his day but comes with a hefty wage bill. He scored just five goals last season.

Skipper Josh McQuoid, Weymouth's top scorer last season with nine goals, also seems an imperative player for the Terras to keep - provided he can stay fit.

Cameron Murray and Tom Bearwish would also be popular choices, as would Ben Thomson who is a proven goalscorer and force up top if he avoids injury.

Brad Ash proved with regular starts that he could score and terrorised Wrexham's defence in the first half of the 6-1 defeat in April. He ended the campaign with four goals - the third-highest mark despite a nasty ankle injury.

Xander McBurnie played only a handful of games, while Andy Robinson missed three months with a foot injury last season.

Matt Buse is a versatile player, capable up front and in midfield, and the sort manager David Oldfield will find valuable in the National League South.

Tommy Scott may prove a capable back-up to a number one given his inexperience at Step 2.

Loan expiriesBen Greenwood, Haji Mnoga, Aaron Drewe, Manasse Mampala, Nathan Carlyle.

BEN Greenwood has returned to Bournemouth, while QPR duo Aaron Drewe and Nathan Carlyle return to Loftus Road.

Carlyle is rumoured to be of interest to National League clubs.

Tanzania international Haji Mnoga will return to Portsmouth and could seek another loan away from Fratton Park, where he is rated extremely highly.

Manasse Mampala is a free agent after Carlisle United confirmed his release earlier in May.

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