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Forest Green: Jared Hodgkiss among 10 players on way out

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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Forest Green’s all-time leading Conference scorer Yan Klukowski and longest serving player Jared Hodgkiss are among 10 players to be released by the club.

Midfielder Klukowski has spent the last four seasons at the New Lawn and was offered a new deal by manager Ady Pennock, but he has opted to try to secure a move to the Football League.

Popular full-back and former captain Hodgkiss was also offered an extension, only to be released after the final game of the Skrill Premier season after failing to secure a guarantee of first-team football.

Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Paul Green, Steve Brogan, Jason Walker, Saul Williams and back-up goalkeeper Adam McHugh have also been released along with striker Reece Styche, who is currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.

Defender Jamie Turley will definitely be leaving after turning down a new deal but there could yet be a Rovers future for striker Matty Taylor, who is mulling over an offer from Pennock.

“I’d like to thank all of the departing players for their contributions to Forest Green Rovers,” said Pennock.

“A lot of these players have had a big hand to play in the progression of this club over the last few years.

“Jared Hodgkiss has been an excellent captain and ambassador for Forest Green, and you look at players like Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Paul Green and Reece Styche who have all been top class professionals, on and off the pitch.

“I wish them all of them the best for the rest of the careers in football.”

The departure of Hodgkiss, who has been a model of consistency at both right-back and left-back this season, will perhaps be the biggest surprise to Rovers fans.

Utility man Green has been a regular under Pennock after falling out of favour with his predecessor Dave Hockaday, yet he too has been deemed surplus to requirements.

The Rovers boss explained: “I did offer Jared a contract about a month ago but he wanted to wait and see what was out there.

“I couldn’t wait around forever because I’ve got other irons in the fire, and he also wanted guarantees that he wouldn’t be on the bench.

“We’re both honest, up-front people and we came to a mutual agreement that he would be moving on.”

On want-away duo Turley and Klukowski, Pennock added: “Both Yan and Jamie have been excellent servants.

“Yan’s record speaks for itself, he always gives 100 percent and has been top drawer all-round.

“Likewise Jamie has been an excellent professional and a very capable and adaptable defender. They have both expressed a desire to play League football next season, and while we were keen to keep them at the club we respect their ambitions and wish them the best of luck.”

Midfielder Marcus Kelly picked up both the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards at Forest Green’s annual presentation evening.

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