Toffees release Big Dunc
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Duncan Ferguson's love affair with Everton is over after he was officially released.
Duncan Ferguson's love affair with Everton is over after he was officially released from Goodison Park.
The former Scotland international enjoyed two spells with The Toffess, stretching over 11 years.
Now with his current deal due to expire - David Moyes has decided it is time for Ferguson to leave.
Also departing the club is Chinese international Li Tie, whose recent career has been wrecked by injury and he has not featured in the first team since January 2004.
Italian defender Matteo Ferrari has also been sent back to Italy, as Everton will not be taking up the option on him after his season-long loan from Roma.
"Duncan Ferguson and Li Tie have both been released and we have decided not to take up the transfer option on Matteo Ferrari following his loan," Moyes told the club's website.
There was better news for veterans Alan Stubbs, David Weir and Nigel Martyn - who have all been offered new deals, although the latter is subject to medical reports.
"We have offered new contracts to Alan Stubbs and David Weir and we will be offering one to Nigel Martyn subject to a specialist's report," said Moyes - who also confirmed the release of six youngsters.
"Several of our young players have been released - Sean Wright, Stephen Wynne, Laurence Wilson, Jay Harris, Christian Seargeant and Paul Hopkins."