Two Players Leave as Retained List Announced

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Less than six hours after I did a video saying I didn’t expect the retained list to be out yet, we see the arrival of the retained list, typical.

There are a couple of surprises contained within. It’s revealed the club are in discussions with Conor McGrandles and Liam Bridcutt over their futures at Sincil Bank. McGrandles had been widely expected to leave given his expiring contract and family up in Scotland, but that isn’t the case at the moment. Liam Bridcutt is a player I hope stays, in a coaching and playing capacity, and it seems that too is also under discussion. Both remain under contract until June, so perhaps we’ll only know more in two weeks’ time. If I’m honest, my gut feeling is we’ll lose at least one.

Sean Roughan’s contract was also up, but the club has taken up the option to extend his current deal. there’s no surprise there; the young defender is doing well for Drogheda and is still an exciting prospect, even if he has dropped out of favour in recent months.
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The two players leaving Sincil Bank are of little surprise. Max Melbourne has already said his goodbyes on social media and is one who will depart, whilst John Marquis will leave the Imps when his deal finishes next month. Melbourne played 23 league games for the Imps, starting 12 and coming off the bench 11 times, twice during his initial loan spell. He also started 12 cup games, taking his total appearance tally to 35, with a single goal. Oddly, his final touch of the ball in a City shirt saw him score to snatch a victory away at Plymouth Argyle earlier this year.
John Marquis joined on a short-term deal from Portsmouth, and was a moderate success. At first, he was a breath of fresh air, bagging three goals in as many games, including the opener away in Devon. His next two came in games we lost against MK Dons and Burton, and after that, he tailed off. He bagged a brace as we beat Sheffield Wednesday, but those were his only two strikes in 17 appearances after February 5th. Given the wages he’s likely to command, he was always looking unlikely to stay, and his diminishing form means few will be surprised at the news.
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That leaves us with 26 players under contract for next season, although I don’t believe for one second that will be the bulk of the squad that kicks off at the end of July. Of that 26, eight are academy graduates, many of whom will likely head out on loan.

Players under contract for 2022/23:

• Adam Jackson
• Anthony Scully
• Ben House
• Charley Kendall
• Chris Maguire
• Cohen Bramall
• Elicha Ahui
• Freddie Draper
• Hakeeb Adelakun
• Hayden Cann
• Jamie Robson
• Joe Walsh
• Jovon Makama
• Jordan Wright
• Lasse Sorensen
• Lewis Montsma
• Max Sanders
• Morgan Worsfold-Gregg
• Oisin Gallagher
• Regan Poole
• Sam Long
• Sean Roughan
• Ted Bishop
• Theo Archibald
• TJ Eyoma
• Tom Hopper

Players out of contract whom the club are in discussions with:

• Conor McGrandles
• Liam Bridcutt

Loan players who will return to their parent clubs:

• Brooke Norton-Cuffy
• Josh Griffiths
• Lewis Fiorini
• Liam Cullen
• Morgan Whittaker

Players out of contract and will leave the club when their current deal expires at the end of the season:

• John Marquis
• Max Melbourne

The club statement concluded by saying: “Everyone at City would like to thank all the loan players, as well as Max and John, for their efforts on behalf of the club this season and wishes them well in their careers.” Everyone at the Stacey West would like to echo that; both Max and John might be on their way, but both were decent players who enjoyed some decent performances Lincoln City shirts, and who go with their heads held high.

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