BREAKING NEWS: Hartlepool United release five players from Victoria Park

Michael Barron and Neale Cooper discuss tactics from the sidelines. Picture by FRANK REID

Michael Barron and Neale Cooper discuss tactics from the sidelines. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United have today released five senior professionals from the club.

Adam Boyd, James Brown, Steve Haslam, Colin Larkin and Callum Hassan have all been told they no longer have a future at Victoria Park.

Meanwhile, Paul Murray, Evan Horwood, Andy Rafferty and Jordan Richards have all been retained.

Neale Cooper has long since stated his desire to trim the club’s wage bill before beginning his own summer recruitment.

For Boyd and Brown, their departure brings to an end a long, and at times decorated, association with the club.

Both, though, have struggled for form and fitness this season and with Cooper looking to strengthen his attacking options in the coming weeks, their release was expected.

Haslam and Larkin have been fringe players in recent seasons, and the latter has not featured since August because of a knee injury.

Striker Hassan, meanwhile, had failed to make the breakthrough into the first-team in what was his first full year as a professional.

Player of the Season Murray has been rewarded with a one-year deal.

Talks are continuing with the out-of-contract Gary Liddle.

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