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List of over 200 Championship free agents released by clubs after 2022/23 season

In this article, we take a look at a list of over 200 Championship free agents released by clubs following the 2022/23 season.

Teams will be looking to strengthen and replace those injured or in need of a boost with some names looking to secure themselves a new club to call home for the foreseeable future.

Retained lists are being released across the second tier, which will see a flood of free agents into the summer transfer market.

Check out the list, compiled with the help of The Real EFL of over 200 Championship free agents released by clubs after the 2022/23 season below…

Birmingham City


Juninho Bacuna, Oliver Basey, Jobe Bellingham, Rico Browne, Tate Campbell, Alfie Chang, Tahith Chong, Tommy Fogarty, Sam Cosgrove, Neil Etheridge, Gary Gardner, Nico Gordon, George Hall, Scott Hogan, Jordan James, Zach Jeacock, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Brandon Khela, Emmanuel Longelo, Marcel Oakley, Marc Roberts, John Ruddy, Ivan Sunjic, Finley Thorndike, Kieran Wakefield.

New Contract Offer

Josh Andrews, Rico Patterson, Callum Sullivan, Josh William, Ben Beresford, Josh Home, Bradley Mayo


Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, Troy Deeney, George Friend, Jordan Graham, Kevin Long, Alfie Brooks, Lewis Cunningham, Adan George, Mitchell Roberts, Keyendrah Simmonds, Ryan Stirk, Remi Walker

Contract Option Exercised

Oliver Basey, Rico Browne, Tate Campbell, Tommy Fogarty, Nico Gordon, Marcel Oakley, Kieran Wakefield.

Returned to parent club

Krystian Bielik, Hannibal, Reda Khadra, Dion Sanderson, Auston Trusty

Blackburn Rovers


Thomas Kaminski, Aynsley Pears, Joe Hilton, Jordan Eastham, Callum Brittain, Harry Pickering, Dominic Hyam, James Brown, Scott Wharton, Hayden Carter, Samuel Barnes, Ashley Phillips, Tayo Edun, Sammie Szmodics, Tyrhys Dolan, Joe Rankin-Costello, Ryan Hedges, John Buckley, Lewis Travis, Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Sam Gallagher, Dilan Markanday, Jack Vale, Harry Leonard

New Contract Offer

Zak Gilsenan, Patrick Gamble, Isaac Whitehall, Dominik Biniek, Adam Caddick, Leo Duru, Ben Fyles, Charlie Olson


Ben Breteton-Diaz, Bradley Dack, Daniel Ayala, Dan Butrerworth, Dan Pike, Sam Burns, Aidan Dowling, George Chmiel, Will Blease, Ryan Wilson

Contract Options Exercised

Jared Harlock, Lenni Cirino, Alex Baker


Options have been activated to extend the contracts of a number of players by 12 months, including Callum Connolly, Kenny Dougall and Shayne Lavery.

Contract options exercised on:

• Callum Connolly
• Kenny Dougall
• CJ Hamilton
• James Husband
• Shayne Lavery
• Luke Mariette
• Will Squires
• Tayt Trusty
• Matty Virtue

Contract options not exercised:

• Liam Bridcutt
• Luke Garbutt
• Harvey Hughes
• Beryly Lubala
• Gary Madine
• Chris Maxwell
• Kevin Stewart
• Joe Strawn

Contracts coming to an end:

• Keshi Anderson
• Stuart Moore
• Curtis Nelson
• Jordan Thorniley

Loan players returning to parent clubs:

• Josh Bowler (Nottingham Forest)
• Lewis Fiorini (Manchester City)
• Charlie Goode (Brentford)
• Charlie Patino (Arsenal)
• Ian Poveda (Leeds United)
• Morgan Rogers (Manchester City)

The Club would like to thank all of the players for their efforts throughout the 2022/23 season, and wishes all of those departing the very best for their futures.

Bristol City



New Contract Offer

Han-Noah Massengo


Nathan Baker, Jay Dasilva, Taylor Moore, James Morton, Will Buse, Prince Henry, Josh Owers, Joe Porton, James Taylor

In Discussion

Tomas Kalas, Andy King


Matt Lowton will leave the club at the end of his current contract.

Goalkeeper Will Norris will leave the Club at the end of his current contract.

Goalkeeper Lukas Jensen will also depart Turf Moor upon his contract expiry at the end of this month.

At the Academy, U21s Frankie Deane, Joe McGlynn, Ayodeji Sotona, Lewis Thomas, Seb Thompson, Ne-Jai Tucker, Jacson Coppack, Keelan Williams, Jacob Hamilton, Dane McCullough, Kade Ratchford and U18s Nathan James, Trevon Bryan, Tosin Olopade are also set to embark on new chapters in their careers this summer.

We wish all the players who are leaving the Club every success in the future.

Cardiff City

Dillon Phillips, Tom Sang, Gavin Whyte and Connor Wickham will leave the Club at the conclusion of their agreements on June 30th, 2023.

Contract offers have been made for Mark Harris, Joel Bagan, and Eli King, with discussions remaining underway at this time.

Options to extend the contracts of Cameron Antwi, Raheem Conte, Kieron Evans, Caleb Hughes, Ryan Kavanagh and Matt Turner have all been activated.

At U21 level, Jac Clay, Taylor Jones, Jack Leahy, Aidan MacNamara, and Owen Pritchard will depart at the end of the month.

2022/23 Retained List

First Team
Ebou Adams, Ryan Allsop, Jak Alnwick, Vontae Campbell, Jamilu Collins, Rubin Colwill, Isaak Davies, Oliver Denham, Kion Etete, Kieron Evans, Rohan Luthra, Mark McGuinness, Perry Ng, Callum O’Dowda, Sheyi Ojo, Joe Ralls, Andy Rinomhota, Callum Robinson, Mahlon Romeo, Romaine Sawyers, Jack Simpson, Jai Semenyo, Ollie Tanner, Max Watters, Ryan Wintle, Chanka Zimba.

Retained U21s
Cameron Antwi, Cian Ashford, Xavier Benjamin, Joel Colwill, Raheem Conte, James Crole, Tom Davies, Caleb Hughes, Ryan Kavanagh, Matthew Turner.

Departing U21s
Jac Clay, Taylor Jones, Jack Leahy, Aidan MacNamara, Owen Pritchard.

Coventry City


Ben Wilson, Simon Moore, Jake Bidwell, Kyle McFadzean, Jack Burroughs, Jamie Allen, Callum O’Hare, Josh Eccles, Gustavo Hamer, Kasey Palmer, Ben Sheaf, Viktor Gyokeres, Matt Godden, Fabio Tavares

New Contract Offer

Liam Kelly


Fankaty Dabo, Michael Rose, Martyn Waghorn, Todd Kane, Julien Dacosta, Sean Maguire, Tyler Walker, Will Bapaga, Tom Billson, George Burroughs, Ricardo Dinanga, Aiden Finnegan, Jay McGrath, Harrison Nee, Blaine Rowe

Huddersfield Town

Contractual option year taken:
Charles Ondo
Ben Midgley
Michael Stone

Ongoing discussions regarding new contracts:
Danny Ward
Josh Koroma
Luke Daley

Scholarship offered:
Archie Sheppard

Josh Ruffels
Tomáš Vaclík
Florian Kamberi
Rolando Aarons
Ryan Schofield
Matty Daly
Romoney Crichlow
Danny Grant
Joseph Johnson
Ernaldo Krasniqi
Josh Mazfari
Donay O’Brien-Brady
Michael Parker
Michael Roxburgh
Hakeem Sandah
Tyree Sanusi
Sam Taylor
Ajay Weston
Sonny Whittingham

Return to parent club after loan:
Joseph Hungbo
Matthew Lowton
Martyn Waghorn
Tino Anjorin
Anthony Knockaert
Jordan Smith

First Team squad players under contract in 2023/24 (in order of minutes played):
Tom Lees
Jack Rudoni
Michał Helik
Lee Nicholls
Jonathan Hogg
David Kasumu
Sorba Thomas
Duane Holmes
Jordan Rhodes
Matty Pearson
Etienne Camara
Ollie Turton
Ben Jackson
Yuta Nakayama
Rarmani Edmonds-Green
Will Boyle
Brahima Diarra
Jaheim Headley
Scott High
Nicholas Bilokapic
Brodie Spencer
Connor Mahoney
Pat Jones
Tyreece Simpson
Aaron Rowe
Kian Harratt
Josh Austerfield
Loick Ayina
Jacob Chapman
Kyle Hudlin
Kieran Phillips

Hull City

The club has exercised one-year options on captain Lewie Coyle, midfielder Greg Docherty and forward Vaughn Covil.

Young goalkeeper David Robson, whose current contract expires this summer, has been offered a new deal.

Forwards Tyler Smith and Billy Chadwick will not be retained when their contracts expire on 30th June. Smith scored five goals in 39 matches for the Tigers, while Hull-born Chadwick made nine senior appearances after progressing through the club’s academy.

Left-back Callum Elder will also be leaving after four years in East Yorkshire.

Loan players Nathan Baxter, Aaron Connolly, Karl Darlow, Malcolm Ebiowei and Dimitrios Pelkas have returned to their parent clubs.

Defender Jevon Mills, who was out of contract this summer, has agreed a new one-year deal, with a club option of a further year.

The following players are under contract for the 2023/24 season: Jack Leckie and Jim Simms.

The club has taken up options and offered new contracts to the following players: Harry Fisk, Sincere Hall, Alfie Taylor, Jake Leake, Tom Nixon, Oliver Green and Will Jarvis

The following players will be released following the expiration of their contracts: Tom Macauley, Louie Chorlton, Harry Lovick, Harry Wallis, Josh Hinds and McCauley Snelgrove.

The following second-year scholars will be moving up to the Under-21s after receiving professional contracts: Jake Brown and Kyle Fanning.

The following second-year scholars will be leaving the club at the end of their scholarships: Ben Voase, James Carr, Keegan Green, Aman Panesar and Glen Sani.

The following first-year scholars will be moving into their second year: George Wilson, Archie Cooper, Paul Iggulden, Sam Jackson, Anthony Onoh, Rocco Coyle, Cameron Gray, Mason Johnson, Sam Opoku, Jaedyn Chibanga, Ronnie Kelly, Ralph Nkomba and Harry Spence.

The following nine players from the Under-16s have been given two-year scholarships and will move up to the Under-18s as first-year scholars for the 2023/24 season: Archie Howard, Joe Batty, Stan Ashbee, Ed Devine, Harry Revill, Lucas Dawson, Alfie Perry, Aidan Durkan and Stan Hewitt.

Luton Town

Following the expiration of their contracts, we have exercised the option for a further year for Gabe Osho, Dan Potts and Elliot Thorpe.

Negotiations are ongoing with Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Tom Lockyer, Amari’i Bell and Luke Berry with a view to extending their time at Kenilworth Road.

Ethan Horvath, Cody Drameh and Marvelous Nakamba will return to their parent clubs following the end of their loan spells, we would like to thank them for their fantastic contributions to this historic season.

Matt Macey, Glen Rea, Dion Pereira, Carlos Mendes Gomes and John McAtee will return to the club following the expiration of their loan spells away from Kenilworth Road.

Captain Sonny Bradley, Henri Lansbury and Harry Isted will all leave the Hatters following the expiration of their contracts.

From the Development squad, we have made offers to extend the contracts of Aidan Francis-Clarke and Axel Piesold.

Leaving the Club at the end of their deals are Daniel Idiakhoa, Avan Jones, Conor Lawless, Josh Neufville, Callum Nicolson, Casey Pettit and Josh Williams.

First-year scholars moving into their second year are Tyrell Giwa, William Houghton, Claude Kayibanda, Jack Lorentzen-Jones, Max Scott and Marcus Warren.

Negotiations are ongoing with Jack Bateson, Jake Burger, Archie Heron, Oli Lynch, Millar Matthews-Lewis and Josh Odell-Bature who have each been offered a professional contract to remain at Kenilworth Road.

Leaving the Club at the end of their scholarships are Sam Bentley, Oliver Hemlin, Rio Martucci, Darcy Moffat and Josh Swan. We thank all of the players who are leaving us for their service to the Club at all levels, however long or short a time they have been a Hatter.


Goalkeeper Luke Daniels and defender Darnell Fisher, who made his first appearance in almost two years in the final league game of the season after a lengthy injury, are both set to depart.

And they are joined by Grant Hall and Joe Lumley, who spent last season on loan at Rotherham United and Reading respectively.

Also free to move on elsewhere are Isiah Cornet, Joe Ridley, Oliver Swan, and Alfie Doherty, along with scholars Louie Evans, Ash MacCarthy, and Tylah Wallace-Ming.

Contract extensions have been offered to Jeremy Sivi and Isaac Fletcher, while Fenton John, Henry Popple, and Nathan Simpson will all step up as first-year professionals.

In addition, the loans of Cameron Archer, Ryan Giles, Alex Mowatt, Rodrigo Muniz, Aaron Ramsey and Zack Steffen have all come to an end.



Scott Malone, Mason Bennett

Elsewhere at first-team level, Ryan Leonard has been offered a new contract, with discussions ongoing, whilst Connal Trueman has been offered fresh terms. Charlie Cresswell, Jamie Shackleton, Callum Styles and Oliver Burke all return to their parent clubs following the conclusion of their loan spells.

Alfie Allen, Tyrese Briscoe, Jordan Gillmore, Arthur Penney and Ryan Sandford will depart from the club’s Under 21 set-up, with Abdul Abdulmalik, Nana Boateng, Seb Drozd and Joe Wright all offered new deals.

Nino Adom-Malaki, Kamarl Grant, Sha’mar Lawson, Tom Leahy, Chin Okoli, Kyle Smith and George Walker have had options on their contracts triggered.

From the Under 18s, Ernie Cheeseman, Laquay Coleman and Kallen Donaldson have been released, whilst George Evans, Finley Cotton, Oliver Evans and Henry Hearn have been offered professional deals.

Arezki Hamouchene has had an extension to his Scholarship triggered.

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