No surprises as Reds release five
Posted by nickogs20 on June 24, 2010
United have confirmed that Febian Brandy, Tom Heaton, Sam Hewson, Scott Moffatt and Ron-Robert Zieler will be leaving the club upon the expiry of their contracts next week.
Today’s announcement contained no real surprises, with all five players having been expected to move on this summer. Goalkeepers Heaton and Zieler have already secured free transfers to Cardiff City and Hannover 96 respectively, while Brandy and Hewson have been listed on the PFA Transfer List for several weeks. Moffatt meanwhile struggled to make an impact last season, featuring just four times for the reserves.
The departures of Brandy and Hewson in particular offer food for thought for those attempting to forecast the next big things coming through the ranks at Carrington. Hotly-tipped to break through after playing key roles in the Reds’ FA Youth Cup run and Champions Youth Cup success in 2007, both have seen younger players jump ahead of them in the pecking order after enduring a series of relatively unproductive spells out on loan and will now be seeking to kickstart their careers elsewhere, with there likely to be a number of potential suitors in the Football League.
Messrs Heaton and Zieler have the security of contracts signed and sealed and ready to come into effect on July 1st, and while neither will join their new club as first choice, they will have every opportunity to compete for the starting job in goal. With Cardiff perennial challengers for promotion to the Premier League and Hannover surviving last year in the ever-improving Bundesliga, the future looks bright for the young shot-stoppers.
For the injury-hit Moffatt, a disappointing lack of playing time over the last two years may make his task of finding a new club a tricky one, but Altrincham boss Graham Heathcote praised the Mancunian right-back after his brief loan spell at Moss Lane last season, perhaps an indicator that he may attract interest from clubs around that level.
Best of luck to Febian, Sam, Scott, Tom and Ron-Robert in their future careers.
By The Numbers
Born 4.2.89, Manchester
Loans (Swansea, Hereford, Gillingham) – 27 (+ 36 as sub) appearances, 9 goals
Reserves – 23 (17) appearances, 14 goals
Academy – 36 (11) appearances, 17 goals
Born 15.4.86, Chester
Loans (Swindon, Antwerp, Cardiff, QPR, Rochdale, Wycombe) – 73 appearances
Reserves – 73 appearances
Academy – 58 (2) appearances
Born 28.11.88, Bolton
Loans (Hereford, Bury) – 10 (7) appearances, 3 goals
Reserves – 50 (6) appearances, 10 goals
Academy – 51 (7) appearances, 16 goals
Born 7.12.90, Manchester
Loans (Altrincham) – 2 appearances
Reserves – 2 (2) appearances, 1 goal
Academy – 27 (9) appearances, 1 goal
Born 12.2.89, Cologne (Germany)
Loans (Northampton) – 2 appearances
Reserves – 29 (1) appearances
Academy – 36 (2) appearances