Brewers release captain
Burton have released Darren Stride, but have agreed a new one-year contract with goalkeeper Kevin Poole.
Last Updated: 10/05/10 9:48pm
Burton Albion have released captain Darren Stride, but have agreed a new one-year contract with veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole.
Experienced defender Stride is one of five players, along with Michael Simpson, Marc Goodfellow, Shaun Kelly and Romuald Boco, to be released by the League Two club.
Stride made a club-record 654 appearances for Burton, the last of which was on 28th December in a 4-1 defeat by Notts County at the Pirelli Stadium before injury cut short his season.
Albion manager Paul Peschisolido told the club's official website: "It is not a very nice day for me today. To say that to someone who has spent his entire career at a club and has done so much for the people of Burton, it is very difficult.
"But you have to make these big decisions based on the fitness over the last season and unfortunately the amount of injuries Darren had meant we were unable to see the best of him."
Poole, meanwhile, has signed a new 12-month contract with Burton that will see the 46-year-old continue as the oldest player in the Football League.
Peschisolido said of Poole, who is also the club's goalkeeping coach: "He is an integral part of my staff. He is a great lad to have around and as a goalkeeping coach he is fantastic. I am delighted he has been able to join us for another season.
"He is a credit to his profession. At the age of 46 he looks after himself. He is a true professional and treats the game properly."
Paul Boertien and Andy Corbett have also agreed one-year deals. Aaron Webster has been told he must prove his fitness if he is to be offered a new contract, while Ryan Austin has been offered a month-to-month deal as he recovers from knee surgery.