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Players Released

Just three days since the end of the season, and the club have announced that five players are the leave in the off-season when their contracts come to an end. Jobi McAnuff, Mikele Leigertwood, Kaspars Gorkss, Stuart Taylor, and Wayne Bridge have all played their last games for the club, and the latter has played his last game in professional football as he's simultaneously announced his retirement. Although this announcement isn't a particular surprise there's a definite sadness in letting three key members of our 2011-12 Championship winning squad.

Jobi McAnuff
2009-2014 | 206 apps, 16 goals


Jobi followed Brendan Rodgers across from Watford where he immediately cemented his place in the team. In 2011 he was handed the captain's armband, and has led from the front since - taking part in every Premier League game last season. Although not a prolific goalscorer, his strike to cement our place in the 2010-11 play-off final will live long in the memory.

Mikele Leigertwood
2010-2014 | 109 apps, 10 goals


When Mikele first arrived he seemed to be a talisman as Reading seemed unbeatable with him in the line-up. His goal sent Reading back into the Premier League for the second time, causing a perfectly legitimate pitch invasion in the process. Unfortunately a lengthy injury kept him out for almost the whole of this year, but he showed that he still had the same steadying influence with a terrifc performance against Burnley.

Kaspars Gorkss
2011-2014 | 87 apps, 8 goals


Kaspars, king of the near post corner. Another that we snatched from QPR, the Latvian was a rock in the heart of our 2011-12 Championship winning team, and brought stability alongside the inexperienced Pearce. His contribution to the development of Alex is just another reason to love the man from Riga.

Stuart Taylor and Wayne Bridge

Stuart Taylor was always meant to be back up, but managed to get a few games last year including playing against Arsenal, where he spent his early years. Wayne Bridge joined the club last summer, and played twelve games for the club before injury cruelly ended his career early.

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