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Andreas Weimann helped Derby County reach the Championship play-offs in 2018. He is being released by Bristol City this summer having spent the second half of the season on loan at West Brom. (Image: Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Former Derby County forward Andreas Weimann is among the more high profile Championship players confirmed as a free agent this summer.

Weimann, aged 32, is currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion and will be involved in today’s play-off semi-final first leg at home against Southampton (2.15pm). He left Bristol City in January when it was clear he wasn’t going to get his deal extended beyond this season and is now in the market for a new club.

BristolLive explained at the time: “Weimann has increasingly found himself on the periphery of Liam Manning’s first XI and with less than six months remaining on his contract in BS3, City have ultimately secured some value in the forward, rather than watch him depart for nothing in the summer while having to pay his salary for the remainder of his stay.”

 

Weimann has chipped in with two goals and two assists in four starts and eight substitute appearances since switching to the Hawthorns and he has been used across midfield and attack.

He spent three years at Pride Park earlier in his career, helping reach the play-offs in 2016 and 2018 while spending time on loan at Wolves in the middle season. He then became a crowd favourite at Bristol City and was a fixture in the team, when fit, for five-and-a-half seasons.

Midfielder Matty James is also leaving Bristol City while talks are ongoing with Joe Williams and Romani Rowe. Midfielder Williams, aged 27, has been a key figure this season and “surely won’t be short of offers elsewhere in the Championship”. He came through the ranks at Everton and has built a reputation as a ‘ruthless competitor’.

Stoke have addressed the contract situation of players around the first team squad. Tyrese Campbell is the big name departure. The 24-year-old striker had been with the Potters since the age of 16, when he joined from Manchester City, and he has shown an ability to change games in the Championship. Ciaran Clark and Wesley depart.

Coventry City favourite Liam Kelly has been released too. The captain has played 180 games for the club since 2017, helping win promotion from League Two and League One, reach the Championship play-off final and this season’s FA Cup semi-final. Manager Mark Robins is in talks to extend the stay of star man Callum O’Hare.

Sam Clucas is leaving Rotherham after a season. The 33-year-old midfielder has played 32 times, scoring once and setting up two, in what proved a difficult year for the Millers. Steve Evans joined in the final week of the season as their third manager and they had long been relegated to League One by that point.

Ten other players are to be released too, including defenders Sean Morrison, Lee Peltier, Grant Hall and Tyler Blackett and midfielders Cafu and Shane Ferguson.

Championship retained lists

Bristol City

Released: Matty James, Andy King, Andreas Weimann, Ben Acey, Zac Bell, McIntosh Boyd, Marlee Francois, Callum Hutton, Duncan Idehen, Dylan Kadji, Harry Leeson, Harvey Wiles-Richards

In talks: Joe Williams, Romani Rowe

Coventry City

Released: Liam Kelly, Simon Moore, Dermi Lusala, Bradley Stretton

In talks: Callum O’Hare, Luke Bell

Rotherham United

Released: Cafu, Curtis Durose, Grant Hall, Joel Holvey, Lee Peltier, Nat Ford, Sam Clucas, Sean Morrison, Shane Ferguson, Tolaji Bola, Tyler Blackett

In talks: Jamie Lindsay

Stoke City

 

Released: Tyrese Campbell, Ciaran Clark, Wesley

In talks: Enda Stevens

Extended: Jordan Thompson, Frank Fielding

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