Ryan Sweeney to leave as Mansfield announce retained list
Ryan Sweeney is to leave Mansfield Town Football Club after three years.
The defender's departure was revealed as the club announced their retained list today.
Chad understands Sweeney's departure was a mutual decision.
The club did have an option in the centre half's contract to extend the stay of the former Stoke City player.
However, the 24-year-old, who also had spells skippering the side, is understood to have wanted a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Sweeney made 122 appearances in the Amber & Blue, scoring seven goals.
The club also had an option to extend striker Andy Cook's contract but elected not to activate it.
Goalkeeper Aidan Stone and striker Nicky Maynard are the other main names to be released while keeper Marek Stech and defender Corey O'Keeffe have been transfer-listed.
PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT AND RETAINED: Jordan Bowery, Harry Charsley, Ollie Clarke, Kellan Gordon, George Lapslie, Jason Law, George Maris, Stephen McLaughlin, James Perch, Farrend Rawson, Jamie Reid, Josh Scott, Tyrese Sinclair.
CONTRACT OPTION EXERCISED AND RETAINED: James Clarke, Jimmy Knowles.
NEGOTIATIONS UNDERWAY: Jaden Charles, Keaton Ward.
UNDER CONTRACT AND AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER: Corey O’Keeffe, Marek Stech.
PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT AND RELEASED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT: Andy Cook, Nicky Maynard, Joe Riley, Aidan Stone, Ryan Sweeney, Aiden Walker, Jake Wright.
LOAN PLAYERS RETURNING TO ONE CALL STADIUM AND UNDER CONTRACT: Rollin Menayese (Grimsby Town), Aaron O’Driscoll (Longford Town, to return in July)
LOAN PLAYERS RETURNED TO PARENT CLUBS: Jamie Pardington (Wolves), Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion), Oli Sarkic (Blackpool).
The club placed on record its thanks to the players now leaving One Call Stadium for their endeavours and wished them well in their future careers.
Stags have begun negotiations with veteran midfielder Stephen Quinn's representatives about a potential return with him being out of contract at Burton this summer and keeper Pardington may also come back for another loan spell if Wolves and the player are agreeable.