Liverpool have this week released a host of players from their academy, a time of the year that youngsters at football clubs around the country dread.
Goalkeepers Jamie Stephens and Tyrell Belford, defender Niall Heaton and attacker Nathan Quirk have all revealed via twitter that their time at Liverpool has come to an end, while Yusuf Mersin (goalkeeper), Sam Gainford (winger) and Henoc Mukendi (striker) are also expected to leave this summer.
— Jamie Stephens (@Jamie_stephens1) May 16, 2013
Stephens spent the last part of the season on loan to Welsh side Airbus UK. He joined Liverpool from Swindon in 2010, arriving with a reputation as one of the best young keepers in the country.
Perhaps the most surprising one to be released was centre back Niall Heaton, who has re-joined Yorkshire side Bradford City, he described it as an “emotional day” on his twitter account. Heaton explained that there was “still another year on my contract at Liverpool, but the club and I have agreed it would be better for my career if I moved.”
The decision to allow him to leave looks to have been a mutual one and probably a reflection that competition at centre-back next season for the U18’s would be strong, with Daniel Cleary, Corey Whelan and Kristof Polgar.
— Niall Heaton (@niallheaton) May 15, 2013
Attacking midfielder Nathan Quirk had been at the club since the age of 9, he revealed he is heading to America to continue his development.
Another player leaving Liverpool this summer will be Scottish centre-back Danny Wilson who is currently on loan to Hearts, his contract expires and won’t be extended. He’s expected to sign permanently for the Edinburgh club.
Best of luck to all the released players.