AFC Telford United: Relegated Conference side let nine men go

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick
Telford finished the season with a flourish under Steve Kittrick, winning three of their final four Conference games

Relegated Conference side AFC Telford United have released nine players following their return to Conference North for next season.

Boss Steve Kittrick, who finished the campaign with James Montgomery, 20, in goal, has released two keepers, Freddy Hall and Jonathan Hedge.

Midfielders Charlie Barnett, Kristian Platt, Jordan Deacey, winger Sean Cooke and utility man Andy Owens all go too.

Defenders Steve Akrigg and Rod McDonald have also both been released.

The ups and downs at the Bucks Head
Since being reformed as AFC Telford United 11 years ago, the Bucks have now twice been promoted to (2011 and 2014) and relegated from the Conference (2013 and 2015).

Talks are ongoing between with current players, including sought-after 19-goal top scorer Tony Gray, and their potential targets as the Bucks prepare for another season back in Conference North, from which they were promoted under Liam Watson in April 2014.

After a poor start this term, Watson was sacked last December, since when Kittrick has steadied the ship.

Telford enjoyed eight league and cup wins as he lifted them to 22nd in the Conference table, ultimately just six points adrift of safety.

Kittrick was manager of Conference North promotion rivals Guiseley for six years until 2013 prior to joining Telford in December 2014, when he was reported to have signed an 18-month contract.