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Reda Johnson heads the departure list as the Sky Blues release ten first team players this summer

Steve Carpenter 10th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DEFENDER Reda Johnson is the biggest high profile name to leave the Sky Blues this summer after the club confirmed this week that ten players are being released at the end of their current deals.

Johnson joined the club two years ago and became an instant hit with the fans with his all action performances and eye for a goal.

But his Sky Blues career has been blighted by injury and he missed most of this season due to a hamstring injury.

Fellow defenders Aaron Martin, Martin Lorentzson, Aaron Phillips, Peter Ramage will also be leaving, while experienced duo Stephen Hunt and Darius Henderson have not been offered new deals.

Academy graduate Conor Thomas has not been offered a new contract following a series of frustrating injuries that have left him limited to just five appearances during the 2015/16 season.

The 22-year-old had been tipped to have a bright future at the club after breaking into the first team as a 17-year-old and the midfielder’s performances for the Sky Blues earned him a loan move to Premier League giants Liverpool.

Thomas returned home after picking up a hamstring injury and went on to make 117 appearances for his hometown club.

Jim O’Brien is another player whose career lies away from the Ricoh Arena after moving to Scunthorpe earlier in the season in search of first team football and striker Marc-Antoine Fortune has had his contract cancelled immediately.

Tony Mowbray has offered a new contract to John Fleck although he is rumoured to be attracting interest from the Championship, while skipper Sam Ricketts and Marcus Tudgay have been offered new deals.

Chris Stokes will be sticking around for another season after the club decided to take up the option of a one-year extension.

Under-21s players Dion Kelly-Evans, Devon Kelly-Evans and Kyle Spence have all been offered new contacts, and midfielder Ivor Lawton, who has been out of action since October last year with a knee injury, has been offered short term deal to prove his fitness.

The players under contract with the club are: Lee Burge, Jordan Willis, Romain Vincelot, Ruben Lameiras, Vladimir Gadzhev, Andy Rose, Reice Charles-Cook, Ryan Haynes, George Thomas, Cian Harries, Ben Stevenson, Jack Finch, Bilal Sayoud.

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