Blackpool plan for League One by cutting loose nine players

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By Adam Ellis

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has trimmed his play-off winning squad down to size as they prepare for life in League One next season.

Midfielder Jack Payne is among nine players to be released, while the Seasiders are keen on preventing Sam Slocombe’s exit by reconvening talks with the goalkeeper’s representatives.

Joining Payne in being released will be Ian Black, Henry Cameron, Luke Higham, John Herron, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Redshaw, and Macauley Wilson.

Payne was ever-present for the Tangerines in their promotion-winning season missing just two matches all campaign, playing the full 90 minutes against play-off semi final opponents Luton Town and also at Wembley for the final against Exeter City.

Fresh from their 2-1 victory at Wembley on Sunday, Blackpool have offered new terms to captain Tom Aldred and forward Nathan Delfouneso.

Should they both sign Bowyer will have 21 players at his disposal as summer recruitment plans begin to take shape.

A club statement commented: “The Seasiders would like to thank all those departing the club for their significant contributions and efforts, in what has been a promotion-winning season, and wish them all the very best for the future.”

Already under contract for the 2017/18 season:
Will Aimson, Raul Correia, Seb Des Pres, Armand Gnanduillet, Jamille Matt, Danny Philliskirk
Options have been activated on the contracts of: 
Myles Boney, Mark Cullen, Colin Daniel, Jim McAlister, Kelvin Mellor, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Brad Potts, Clark Robertson, Andy Taylor, Kyle Vassell
New contracts have been offered to: 
Tom Aldred, Nathan Delfouneso
Professional contracts signed: 
Caleb Richards, Jack Sims, Denzel Williams
Ian Black, Henry Cameron, Luke Higham, John Herron, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Payne, Jack Redshaw, Sam Slocombe (club remains in discussions), Macauley Wilson
Loan players returning to parent clubs: 
Neil Danns, Jordan Flores, Sanmi Odelusi

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