The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Peat

GARETH Ainsworth ad­mits it is one of the “hard­est parts of the job” to re­lease play­ers from the club as Wy­combe pre­pare for another sea­son in League Two.

Vet­eran mid­fielder Garry Thomp­son, 36, who scored at White Hart Lane in a 4-3 FA Cup de­feat by Tot­ten­ham this sea­son, and full-back Sam Wood, 30, have been let go by Ainsworth.

De­fender Aaron Pierre, 24, has been of­fered a new deal and the Chair­boys are still in talks with ex-QPR and Brent­ford mid­fielder Mar­cus Bean, 33.

“It’s the hard­est part of the job for me to say good­bye to play­ers who have given ev­ery­thing for the club,” said Ainsworth. “In Garry and Sam we’ve had two fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sion­als who have played a huge part in this club’s re­cent progress.

“Next year we want to go one bet­ter and com­pete in the top seven, and I don’t feel that Garry or Sam would fea­ture as of­ten as they would like, par­tic­u­larly at this stage of their ca­reers.

“There­fore I’ve made the tough de­ci­sion to let them go and I know there’ll be many other man­agers out there who would love to have such great guys in their squad.”

MOV­ING ON: Sam Wood

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