Sylvain Distin among six players released by Bournemouth
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 24/05/16 1:21pm
Bournemouth have released six out-of-contract players, including veteran defender Sylvain Distin.
Distin, 38, joined the Cherries on a free transfer from Everton last July, but dropped out of the first-team picture in the second half of the season.
The Frenchman started 14 games for the club with a further three appearances as a substitute, the last of which came late on in the 3-1 victory at Newcastle on March 5.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe paid tribute to Distin for his role during the club's first season in the Premier League.
"Sylvain was a vital part of our squad throughout the season," he said. "Going into the Premier League, we felt bringing someone with vast experience and knowledge of the division would be hugely beneficial to our squad and give them someone to lean on.
"Sylvain played that role perfectly, but he also played his part on the pitch and was involved in some pivotal games. It was a really good experience for the other players to have worked with him for a year and I would like to thank him for his efforts."
Defenders Stephane Zubar and Jon Muleba and midfielders Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield and Mason Walsh will also be leaving the Vitality Stadium.
A statement on the club's official website read: "AFC Bournemouth would like to thank all of these players for their service to the club, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours."