Rotherham United: Millers tell nine they can go

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Rotherham United began the process of preparing for The Championship by announcing that nine players can go.

Three players who began the season as first choice - goalkeeper Scott Shearer, central defender Claude Davis and midfielder Michael O’Connor - are among seven players released.

Of the other players allowed to leave on free transfers - David Noble, Kayode Odejayi, Lionel Ainsworth and Danny Schofield - only Noble played this season but that was just a brief subs’ appearance in the Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday.

He has been on loan at Cheltenham. Ainsworth was at Motherwell and Odejayi at Accrington. Schofield hasn’t played for the club for two years.

It completes a mixed season for O’Connor whose early season form earned him a recall for Northern Ireland. But he suffered a groin injury on international duty, never really won his place back and subsequently was unable to remove on-loan Richie Smallwood from a central midfield spot in the second half of the season.

The other two who have been told they can leave, winger David Worrall and Danny Hylton, are under contract but they are available for transfer.

Shearer was first choice goalkeeper unrtil mid-October but lost his place to Wembley hero Adam Collin and never got back in.

Former Blades defender Davis, 35, - who was with manager Steve Evans at Crawley as was Shearer - made 19 appearances in all.

New terms have been offered to Kari Arnason, Wes Thomas and Mark Bradley.