Mike Williamson and James Henry released by Wolves – and no deal for Richard Stearman
Mike Williamson and James Henry have been released by Wolves, the club announced today.
And there'll be no permanent deal for long-serving defender Richard Stearman, who spent last season on loan at Molineux.
One-year options will be taken up on midfielders Jack Price and George Saville – and Haiti international striker Duckens Nazon.
But the futures of defender Silvio and Derby loanee Andreas Weimann haven't yet been decided.
Talks are are ongoing regarding the pair. Portuguese international Silvio, who has made just four appearances for Wolves so far, signed a one-year contract with a one-year option last summer which the club haven't yet automatically taken up.
There is a £1.5million deal in place to sign Weimann. Boss Paul Lambert has publicly stated his desire to sign the 25-year-old Austrian and the fact Lambert's future is seriously in doubt may be behind the delay.
The club have taken the decision to release the list now despite uncertainty over who will be in charge next season. It has been overseen by sporting director Kevin Thelwell and signed off by Fosun.
As reported last week the Express & Star understands that academy graduate Price, aged 24, has been told he can leave Molineux if a club meets Wolves' valuation.
Williamson endured an injury-hit 18 months with the club after joining from Newcastle for £200,000 in January 2016. The 33-year-old had previously impressed during a five-game loan spell but suffered serious hamstring and tendon problems and spent 12 months on the sidelines.
In the 11 appearances Williamson made in Wolves colours the team kept seven clean sheets, but it seems the centre-half's injury record has counted against him.
Stearman left Wolves in August 2015 to join Fulham in a £2million deal, after seven years at the club. He returned last summer on a one-year loan deal and made 19 appearances, taking his total to 254. Stearman, 29, publicly stated his desire to return to Wolves on a permanent basis but the club have decided against signing him again.
Saville joined from Chelsea for £1m in 2014, signing a three-year deal with a one year option, which Wolves have now taken up. The 23-year-old midfielder – who filled in at left back towards the end of the season – has played 57 times for Wolves, scoring six goals.
Henry, 27, enjoyed a productive 2015/16 season, finishing third in the player of the year vote after scoring seven goals from midfield. However he fell out of favour under then-new boss Walter Zenga last summer and was shipped out on loan to League One side Bolton where he struggled to make an impact.
Nazon's year option is a surprise move. The 23-year-old joined on an 18-month deal in January after previously playing in the Indian Super League but has only scored twice for the under-23s in the past five months.
Lambert said in February of the striker: "His fitness was way low, too low for the way I play and too low for the way the team plays.
"He's got a couple of months to prove to himself and to me that he can do it."
In a statement announced the retained list Thelwell said: "As ever we would like to thank all those players who will be leaving us
“With Richard and James, they have played their parts at different times in some of the club’s major successes of recent years and their contributions will always be well remembered.
“Mike was unfortunate to suffer through injury during his 18 months as a player here, but remained a consummate professional throughout, and also made some key contributions during the second half of this season.
“We wish all three players all the very best in their future careers.”
Meanwhile it's emerged that French left back Sylvain Deslandes, whose previous deal was due to expire this summer, signed a new deal earlier in the season.
Wolves retained list 2016/17
Released: Mike Williamson, James Henry, Richard Stearman (loan expired)
One-year option taken up: Jack Price, George Saville, Duckens Nazon
Talks ongoing: Silvio (who has one-year option), Andreas Weimann (loan expired)