Although less significant since the Bosman ruling changed the situation regarding out of contract players, the third Saturday in May remains a deadline to which English clubs must work on certain contractual matters including their “ retained list” , as it is traditionally referred to.
Ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, Wolves have taken up one-year contract extension options on Danny Batth, George Elokobi, Dave Edwards and Aaron McCarey
Also confirmed as staying with the club for a further 12 months is Leigh Griffiths, following his successful loan season at Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League. Similarly extended are a number of Under 21 development squad players.
Regular first team players Stephen Hunt, Christophe Berra and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake are out of contract on June 30, as is Jody Craddock. None of these will be offered new contracts.
First team loanees Kaspars Gorkss, Jack Robinson, Nouha Dicko and Slawomir Peszko have returned to their parent clubs and Marian Kello’s short term deal has come to an end. Young professionals Sam Winnall and Johnny Gorman are also coming to the end of their current deals and will be leaving the club.
Wolves Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell said: “Whilst we continue our search for a new Head Coach, one-year options on several players have been activated . This is normal practice in this situation.
"However, with regard to the overall first team picture it is anticipated that there will be significant changes to the existing squad this summer.
"None of the out of contract senior players will be offered new contracts and are free to leave.
"Talks with many of our senior contracted players will take place to discuss their futures. Certain players will be encouraged to find new clubs, while, inevitably, some will be sold with our best wishes and others retained. We will also looking to sign new players.
"It will be a long and challenging summer as we seek to engineer much needed changes to the composition of the first team squad. We are determined to rebuild in the most appropriate manner for the new and difficult on field challenge next season."