Amongst many conversations we had whilst watching the Palace game in town Friday was around which Rams players are out of contract this summer.
Clearly some have been well documented such as Greeny, Leacock, Pearo, Bywater etc. However when you start looking at it, it’s potentially quite a list!
By our calculations (and we definitely stand to corrected if anyone knows more than we do) the full list is:
- Paul Green
- Dean Leacock
- Stephen Bywater
- Stephen Pearson
- Saul Deeney
- Jake Buxton
- Lee Croft
- Russel Anderson
- Dave Martin
In addition to the above we couldn’t quite agree on Cwyka. If he was given a two year deal (my vote was that he was) then he’s up too. This could potentially mean 10 players out of contract of which only Greeny probably has a realistic chance of being retained.
With the January window now only weeks away, I would not be surprised to see Clough make some early call and some of these guys get loaned, released or sold for nominal fees (Martin, Cwyka and Croft are definitely top of this list). I don’t however expect a great deal of incoming action to replace them as the majority have already been replaced by academy players or by the summer’s recruitment drive.
Either way the summer will show a significant drop in our wage bill and squad size which can only be a good thing when you consider some of the ludicrous contracts dished out by dcfc in, pre Clough, recent history.