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Potters Announce Retained List

Rory Delap

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09:00 6th June 2013

Club confirm a number of departures following end of 2012/13

STOKE CITY have announced the Club's retained list following the completion of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.

Long serving stalwarts Rory Delap and Mamady Sidibe head up a list of players released from the Club with Dean Whitehead, Matthew Upson, Jermaine Pennant, Carlo Nash and Matthew Lund also leaving the Britannia Stadium after their contracts came to an end.

Delap and Sidibe both played major parts in the Potters' promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and the subsequent successful battles against relegation, before seeing their first team opportunities become increasingly limited following an influx of new arrivals.

36-year-old Delap was initially signed on loan from Sunderland in 2006 before making the move permanent despite sustaining a broken leg against his parent team in his home debut.

He went on to make a full recovery to clock up 208 appearances and 8 goals for City, including starts in the FA Cup Semi-Final and Final as well as both Round of 32 games against Valencia.

His long throws helped to propel the Club into national and global sporting headlines and his unique ability helped Stoke to memorable wins over the likes of Aston Villa, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Sidibe was snapped up on a free transfer from Gillingham in the summer of 2005 and went on to form a great strike partnership with Ricardo Fuller for a number of years.

Several serious injuries hampered his hopes of featuring more recently but his name will be revered by supporters for some crucial goals, including the memorable last minute winner from Delap's throw against Aston Villa in August 2008. Overall, Mama made 186 appearances and scored 26 goals.

The Club would like to thank all the players for their contribution during their time with us and wish them all the very best for the future.

Meanwhile, the Club can confirm Dave Kemp, Mark O’Connor, Adrian Pennock, Paul Maxwell, Dave Kevan and Gerry Francis have left their roles on the coaching staff.

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