Dunfermline release 17 players due to virus ‘uncertainty’

Pars reveal they have been unable to offer deals to a host of players who are out of contract.

Departures: 17 players will leave East End Park.
Departures: 17 players will leave East End Park.

Dunfermline Athletic have been unable to offer new contracts to 17 players due to the “continued uncertainty” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pars said they “have no other option but to protect the future of the club itself” as they confirmed the departures in a club statement.

It said: “All Scottish football clubs are now faced with challenging and uncertain times.

“As a consequence of this continued uncertainty, we are afraid to announce that unfortunately our club will not be in a position to offer new contracts, at this time, to any of the players who are out of contract over the coming days.

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“As we don’t know when we will be playing games again we have no other option but to protect the future of the club itself. This has not been an easy decision to make, being aware of the impact this may have.

“We would like to offer our very best wishes to all of the players and their families, as well as thanking them for their services to our club.”

The out of contract players, a number of whom featured during a campaign which saw the club finish sixth in the Championship, include: Lee Ashcroft, Tom Beadling, Danny Devine, Paul Paton, Ryan Scully, Joe Thomson, Andy Ryan, Callum Smith, Stuart Morrison, Gregor Jordan, Scott Cusick, Cammy Graham, Lewis Sawers, Josh Robertson, Lewis Crosbie, Craig Burt and Paul Brown.


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