Date: 24th April 2015 at 8:50pm
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With news already out that Inigo Calderon – Player of the Year – had been handed a new deal, the club have also confirmed that goalkeeper Casper Ankergren has also won a new deal.

With decisions being taken about the futures of the squad for next season, with both of those two getting one year deals, Hughton also revealed to the Official Site that Craig Mackail-Smith, Aaron Hughes, Paddy McCourt, Vitalijs Maksimenko and Kemy Agustien would not have their deals extended at The Amex.

‘I have had four months or so to evaluate the squad, and during that time we have reached a conclusion on the retained list. There have been tough decisions to take on behalf of the club, but I hope this provides us with a good platform to begin our preparations for next season.’

As for the duo with new deals, he added.

‘Calde has played a lot of games this season and performed well for me. I have asked him to play out of position and do a particular job for the team and he has done that extremely well. He is also an important part of the dressing room. Equally with Casper, while he hasn’t played in the first team since I came here, it is vital for us to have three goalkeepers we can rely on – and we know Casper fits that bill. He is a very good and experienced professional and knows the role well.’

Hughton goes on to say that telling players they no longer figure in your plans isn’t a nice part of the job and it never gets any easier having those type of meetings, but he was full of praise for their efforts of those leaving during their time with us.

‘Of those players who are leaving us, it never gets any easier delivering that type of news to a player – and I would like to thank those players for their good grace and understanding of the situation. On behalf of the club, I thank those five players – and the five returning loan players – for their service during their time with us and wish them all the very best for the future.’

Our loanees, Joe Bennett, Leon Best, Greg Halford and Joao Teixeira will all return to their parent clubs immediately after the club’s final match of the season, while Mustapha Carayol returns to Middlesbrough after Saturday’s match with Watford.

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