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Thompson, Bates And Swain Released

Thompson, Bates And Swain Released

Bradford have announced a trio of players will be released this summer when their contracts expires, with some second year apprentices also informed they aren't getting professional deals.

Garry Thompson, Matthew Bates and Louie Swain have all been told they are being released with apprentices Jack Stockdill, Jack Bentley and Nathan Curtis also told their futures lie away from Valley Parade.

Phil Parkinson has decided that Oliver McBurnie and Niall Heaton will be first-team players, regularly, next season though.

Thompson leaves after 11 goals, the last of which came against Crawley Town to ensure league one survival in April, in 102 games. Bates signed in October and made 22 appearances following a permanent arrival from Middlesbrough but was sidelined by injuries at times.

Swain signed his first professional contract last summer but didn't feature this season.

Parkinson thanks all for their efforts and wished them well, telling the official website: 'I would really like to thank Thommo (Garry Thompson) for his significant contribution over the two years he has been here at the club.

'He played his part in helping us to a major cup final and promotion last season, and he also contributed to a mid-table finish for us this season.

'I am sure there will be no shortage of clubs interested in his services.

'I'd also like to thank Batesy (Matthew Bates) for his professionalism and hard-work throughout the season. With regards Louie, I've spoken to him and I just feel he needs to find a club more suited to his level so that he can benefit from getting regular games under his belt.'

Talks will continue with the players that he wants to keep over the coming weeks with announcements made in due course.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday May 8 2014
Time: 11:44AM

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