Northampton: John-Joe O'Toole transfer-listed as nine are released

Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole
Northampton's John-Joe O'Toole was in the 2013-14 League Two team of the season while at Bristol Rovers
By Joe TownsendBBC Radio Northampton

Northampton Town have transfer-listed midfielders John-Joe O'Toole and Chris Hackett, while fellow first-team regulars Matt Duke and Lee Collins head a list of nine released players.

Ben Tozer, Darren Carter, Ross Perry, Lewis Hornby, Ian Morris, Billy Bodin and Tom Newey complete the departures.

The club have not yet decided whether to offer keeper Shwan Jalal a new deal.

O'Toole, 26, came on a three-year deal in June from Bristol Rovers, after scoring 15 League Two goals last term.

Northampton Town's retained list
Players under contract for 2015-16: Brendon Moloney, Evan Horwood, Marc Richards, Zander Diamond, Lawson D'Ath, Jason Taylor, Ivan Toney, Joel Byrom, Ricky Holmes, Ryan Cresswell, Sam Warburton, Danny Clifton
Players under contract made available for transfer: John-Joe O'Toole, Chris Hackett
Players out of contract: Shwan Jalal (no decision yet been made), Billy Bodin, Tom Newey (discussions to be held, subject to fitness)
Players no longer under contract not offered new terms: Matt Duke, Darren Carter, Lee Collins, Ben Tozer, Lewis Hornby, Ross Perry, Ian Morris
Loan players now returned to parent clubs: James Gray (Accrington Stanley), Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United), Kaid Mohamed (Port Vale)

"It's just not worked with John-Joe," Cobblers manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton. "Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and cut your losses.

"There were lots of takers for him in the summer, but he's never recaptured the form he had at Bristol Rovers."

O'Toole had a brief loan spell at Southend United this season, but made just two appearances. He is now looking for his seventh different club.

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The Cobblers, who finished 12th in League Two, 10 points adrift of the play-offs, now have just 12 first-team players under contract.

"We're going down the younger route," said Wilder. "We've got enough experience in the squad. It's difficult inheriting someone else's squad, but now we feel there's an exciting period ahead.

"It's a tough part of the job for any manager but we have to make professional decisions to take the club forward.

"Shwan Jalal remains a possibility. We've not made a decision and we'll see where we are later in the summer. We've got a budget to work with."

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