Derby County’s planning for the 2013-14 season has continued with manager Nigel Clough confirming that the Rams will listen to offers for seven first-team squad members.
Goalkeepers Frank Fielding and Adam Legzdins, defenders James O’Connor and Tom Naylor, midfielder James Bailey and strikers Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson have all been informed by the Rams boss that they are free to find new clubs.
The players are all under contract beyond this summer but do not figure in Clough’s long-term plans.
Clough said: “As is normally the case at the end of the season we’ve sat down and reviewed where we’re at and what we need moving forwards, and we don’t see the seven lads featuring on a regular basis.
“It’s nothing personal and there’s been no fallings out or anything like that, but we have to be honest and we don’t see them figuring in our plans at this moment in time.
“They want to be playing first-team football as well and we have to be fair to them on that front, rather than keeping them hanging around on the off-chance we might have an injury or suspension in their particular area of the team.”
Fielding (25) and Legzdins (26) have shared the responsibility of being Derby’s first-choice goalkeeper over the course of the last 12 months, but with summer signing Lee Grant confirmed as Clough’s new number one after his move from Burnley on Tuesday, their first-team opportunities are expected to be limited.
28-year-old O’Connor, who can play anywhere across the back four, made 23 appearances this season but featured only once in 2013 - while Naylor made only one competitive outing during the campaign and was loaned out to both Bradford City in League 2 and Grimsby Town in the Blue Square Premier.
Bailey, who is now 24, joined Derby in the summer of 2010 from Crewe Alexandra but has not appeared for the Club in over a year and made 37 appearances during two separate loan stints at League 1 Coventry City this season.
Frontmen Robinson and Tyson found themselves down the pecking order during the winter and subsequently moved out on loan to Huddersfield Town and Millwall respectively, at their own request, before returning to Pride Park at the end of the season.