Crewe resigned to losing Woodards

05 May 2009 11:40
Danny Woodards will leave relegated Crewe Alexandra in the close season after refusing to sign a new contract.The 25-year-old was offered a new deal but manager Gudjon Thordarson is now resigned to losing the defender. [LNB]The Alex, who were relegated to League Two on Saturday, have also released five players whose contracts with the club expire in the summer. [LNB]Chris McCready, Stuart Tomlinson, Mark Carrington, Luke Danville and Josh Thompson have been told they can leave. [LNB]Defender McCready has been limited to just 131 minutes of football for the Alex since Thordarson's arrival in December because of injury.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_8033743");The Crewe boss will hold talks with Colin Daniel, George Abbey, Steven Schumacher and Eugen Bopp about their futures with the club. [LNB]"The squad has shrunk a bit," Thordarson told BBC Radio Stoke. "At the moment, I'm seeing what is available out there, and for what kind of money. [LNB]"We need to make sure that the balance is right, and I will carry a much smaller squad next season." [LNB]Daniel spent the last two months of the season on loan at League Two side Macclesfield, while Schumacher missed the same period with a knee injury. [LNB]Bopp, meanwhile, has struggled to establish himself at Crewe since signing in the summer of 2007, making just 11 starts in all competitions.

Source: BBC_Sport