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Walsall release five while Emmanuel Osadebe discussions are ongoing

Talks are ongoing with Emmanuel Osadebe while Walsall are releasing five players at the end of their deals.

Emmanuel Osadebe
Emmanuel Osadebe

The Saddlers have revealed their end of season retained list and playmaker Osadebe's future – the Irishman having played 43 times in the league last season – remains unclear.

Set in stone is that five have not been offered new contracts by boss Michael Flynn, with Jack Rose, Lee Tomlin, Zak Mills, Tom Leak and Joe Willis all departing.

Walsall have taken up options to keep academy products Sam Perry and Joe Foulkes.

Long-term absentee Rory Holden has not been offered fresh terms at this stage but has been invited to pre-season training as he aims to recover from his knee injury.

Defensive duo Stephen Ward and Mat Sadler have retired from professional football – the latter expected to stay on as a coach.

Osadebe remains in discussions having featured regularly in League Two under Flynn, both as a wing-back and in his preferred role as an attacking midfielder.

Goalkeeper Rose confirmed his exit on social media earlier today after three seasons with the club.

Joining him in leaving is former Cardiff City attacker Tomlin, whose short spell with the club was blighted by injury.

Lee Tomlin

Utility man Mills also endured injury problems throughout 2021/22, making nine league appearances.

Centre-half Leak and midfielder Willis depart having played 13 and four games for the first team respectively.


Jack Rose

Lee Tomlin

Zak Mills

Tom Leak

Joe Willis

Zak Mills

Options taken up

Sam Perry

Joe Foulkes

Discussions ongoing

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