Magpies to let veteran go
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The long-serving 33-year-old (pictured) joins Magpies goalkeeper Stuart Garden in not receiving a new deal from the Meadow Lane outfit for next season.
Despite the likelihood of making his 200th league start in the club's last match of the season against Oldham Athletic on Saturday, Mills revealed his decision to let the veteran move on.
"Ian came in to see me last week and asked me straight out if he would be getting a new deal," Mills told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"He is an honest bloke, so I was honest with him.
"I told him we would be releasing him.
"But I had no problem in including him in the side against Brighton last Saturday, as I knew he would still be committed."
The former Coventry City coach is still to make decisions on which of his out-of-contract players will be kept on for next season in the Third Division.
Meanwhile, defender David Pipe has suffered ankle ligament damage following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Brighton.
The former Coventry City full back was the subject of a broken leg scare after being stretchered off at The Withdean Stadium following a challenge with Brighton's Charlie Oatway, but the injury has proven to be not that serious.
"David's ruptured his ankle ligaments and he's going to be out for quite a few weeks," Mills added.