Hughes starts Stoke clearout

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has wasted no time since being appointed at the helm last week in reshaping his squad with seven players to be released once their contracts expire on June 30th.

Winger Jermaine Pennant is the most notable player to be leaving the Brittania, after falling out of favour last season under former boss Tony Pulis, and ending the season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers who were eventually relegated.

Midfielder Dean Whitehead, who featured regularly for the Potters last season, joins versatile long throw expert Rory Delap in heading for pastures new this summer.

The other notable players include striker Mamady Sibibe, defender Matthew Lund, veteran goalkeeper Carlo Nash, and centre back Matthew Upson who has spent most of the season on loan at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, who narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to rivals Crystal Palace in the playoffs.

All players will have admirers this summer, and Hughes will look to use the saving in wages to help fund his summer transfer spree, which has already begun with goalkeeper Jack Butland beginning his career with the club after finalising a move in January, only to be loaned back to Birmingham City until the end of the season.

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