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Tigers Release Eight

Posted on: Tue 02 Jun 2009

Hull City have released eight players as manager Phil Brown starts to shape his squad for the 2009/10 season.

Dean Windass, Ryan France, Michael Bridges and John Welsh head the list.

Windass leaves having scored the most famous goal in Hull City's history, in the 2008 Championship Play-Off Final against Bristol City at Wembley. The Hull-born forward scored 25 goals in 66 appearances since returning to the Tigers in January 2007.

France, surely one of the bargains of the decade having cost just £15,000 from non-league side Alfreton Town in 2003, was one of a quartet of players to enjoy the journey from the third division to the Barclays Premier League. He made 151 appearances during his time at the KC Stadium, netting nine times.

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Bridges spent 2008/09 on loan with Carlisle United having been signed for the Tigers by Phil Parkinson in 2006. He scored a spectacular winner in the Tigers' first victory of the 06/07 season against Leicester and went on to score three times in 24 games.

Initially signed on loan from Liverpool by Peter Taylor, Welsh played a key role in the Tigers' first season in the Championship. Sadly, injuries restricted his level of involvement after that and he leaves having made 54 appearances and scored three goals.

Youngsters James Bennett, Joe Lamplough, Matthew Plummer and Tom Woodhead, who were all regulars in the reserves during 08/09, have also been allowed to leave.

The Club would like to thank all eight for their effort and commitment to the Tigers and wish them luck for the future.

As reported last month, Nick Barmby has seen his contract extended by a year. Will Atkinson, Steve Gardner and Ryan Kendall will also stay at the KC Stadium for another season.

Meanwhile, youth team products Nathan Hanley and John Leonard have been awarded one-year professional contracts while Young Player of the Year Tom Cairney has signed a two-year professional deal.

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