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Nine players to leave Harrogate Town

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Published at 3:22pm 3rd May 2017.

Harrogate Town has announced nine players will be leaving the club at the end of the season.  

The club revealed in January it will be operating on a full-time basis from July, the start of the 2017-2018 season.

It says this has presented some "difficult decisions".   

The club says after a period of negotiaitons, the following players will be leaving when their current contracts expire: Chris Elliott, Danny Ellis, Luke Shiels, JP Pittman, Wayne Brooksby, Tom Platt, Andi Thanoj, Joe Colbeck.

It says discussions are ongoing with other members of the squad and further details will be released in due course.

A spokesperson said: "Firstly, we would like to thank all the players for their efforts over the course of this season. We are pleased that a number of the current squad have already committed their future to the club for next year, with others expected to do so in the coming days.

"However, it is widely known that the 2017/18 campaign will be a watershed season for our club. As we revealed back in January, Harrogate Town will operate on a full-time basis from July, the start of the 2017-2018 season. Making our intentions clear at the turn of the year has enabled every member of the squad to consider their options, and weigh up the feasibility of turning full-time should an offer be presented to them. It is understandable that each player has their own unique set of individual circumstances, and as a club we also have a set of guiding principles which must be considered when evaluating the playing squad.

"Since announcing our intention to move to full-time, there has been a high level of interest from players outside our club who are keen to join us, and we are confident of being able to strengthen the squad with new additions over the summer. Every player who joins us this year will be solely focussed on professional football, fully understand the parameters we are working within, and crucially, share the ambitions of everyone involved with Harrogate Town.

"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all of the players who are moving on for their contribution to the club and wish them all the very best in the next chapter in their careers."