A Surprise Or Two
The Brighton retained/released list was announced recently, but this was based on decisions made by Oscar some weeks back and before he obviously resigned.
Players weren't made aware of this but you know how these things slip out in football.
I can't help but think perhaps Tomasz Kuszczak had found out that he was being released as he was a little rocky in his final weeks at the club? Even if he did though he remained professional.
His and the release of Will Hoskins surprised me most of all though.
Kuszczak is a goalkeeper that had kept so many cleansheets for us and has, on the whole, been solid for us during his time at the club so it doesn't make too much sense to have let him leave really in my mind.
It also doesn't make sense that we've tried so hard and made so much effort to get Hoskins back from his long term injury but we just release him now that his contract has ended. Then again with him unable to find a place, even among the subs, upon his return to fitness, perhaps it's not.
If we have reservations over his return to fitness, which are understandable, couldn't we have made that clear to him and then at least had him back for pre season to prove himself and gave him that option. If he didn't like that idea he could then find another club immediately.
Hoskins of course still has bills to pay but given the support shown to him, if it was financially viable, you would think that he would have agreed to such a thing.
Peter Brezovan not being retained as another goalkeeping option isn't a surprise and Andrea Orlandi has basically been goon for weeks, David Lopez and David Rodriguez haven't offered enough to warrant stays.
We've seen a surprise or two with the players released but not too many.
It wasn't a surprise at all that Inigo Calderon, Bruno and Matt Upson had been offered extended stays.
I was gutted to see Upson leave for Leicester but can understand why the former England international had decided at one last shot at the Premier League but all being well the others sign these contracts shortly but they may well wish to see who is appointed as Oscar's successor first.
With two goalkeepers released we had to definitely retain one and Casper Ankergren has been a good, loyal and trustworthy servant to Albion so if push comes to shove we know we could rely on him as our first choice next season but I'd still expect a new manager to bring in a new goalkeeper.