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Saints Release Four Players
Thursday, 25th May 2017 14:26

Saints have released four players after their contracts ended at St Mary's, thanking them for their contributions.

There are no real surprises in the announcement that the four players named will not be offered a new deal at St Mary's.

Cuco Martina almost joined Everton a year ago, but the deal was blocked at the last moment with injuries and other issues meaning that he was needed as cover and therefore stayed with the club, he looks set to join Ronald Koeman at Everton although it is not a signing that will fill the Goodison faithful with any excitement.

Martin Caceres has had a strange time at the club, despite goals being leaked left right and centre in a defence that went from one of the tightest to one of the worst in the premier League after january he spent every game without getting on to the field until the game at Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.

He showed enough there to suggest that there was some strange thoughts in Claude Puel's head as to why he wasn't given much more of a chance.

Lloyd Isgrove was going to be the next big thing when he came on as substitute in Ronald Koeman's first game in charge at Anfield in August 2014, however this would be the only 8 minutes of Premier League football he would get as a Saints player although he would make a few other appearances in various cup games over the next 3 years, but turning 24 he was clearly not going to make it at the club and their should be no shortage of suitors at League One level where a year ago he scored the third goal for Barnsley in their win over Millwall in the play off final at Wembley.

Harley Willard will not be a familiar name to most Saints fans in that he did not make a first team appearance at the club, nor did he get close to doing so, at 20 he perhaps needs a fresh start somewhere and given Saints reputation in the game for developing academy players he will perhaps not be oo long without a club.

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Letiss7 added 17:03 - May 25
It was obvious that the fact Caceres never played ahead of either Stephens or Yoshida, that he either he was not fit or not good enough. With regard to the Middlesbrough game, he showed absolutely nothing that Stephens does not offer. Stephens could only improve in the future whereas with Caceres the serious injuries he has suffered have taken their toll.
Of you go Nick press the negative button

SaintPaulVW added 18:28 - May 25
Only by using a very small selective sample of games could our defence be described as 'one of the worst in the Premier League'.

SaintBrock added 18:34 - May 25
Bloody strange affair all round, makes them upstairs look like a bunch of flippin' imbeciles.

Hugh_Jarce added 19:12 - May 25
Expecting a few more out the door before August and we will need to recruit ASAP. Not sure I would trust Claude with my wallet over the summer (Buffoon springs to mind) so we need a quick resolution on the manager position

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