Eleven players are on their way out of the Reebok Stadium, with Nigel Reo-Coker activating a release clause, but their talismanic striker is happy to stay and fight for promotionBolton Wanderers have received mixed news following their relegation to the Championship with striker Kevin Davies having signed a one-year contract renewal while Nigel Reo-Coker has activated a release clause to leave the relegated club.
Davies will stay at the Reebok Stadium until 2013, while Sam Ricketts has also renewed his contract with a new deal until 2014, but several other players have not signed new deals and will leave the Trotters.
Gretar Steinsson, Ricardo Gardner and Ivan Klasnic are among 14 players who will be leaving the Reebok Stadium this summer as manager Owen Coyle looks to rebuild and fight for promotion back to the Premier League.
Coyle told the club’s official website: "I would like to thank the players that are leaving the club for their work at Bolton Wanderers. We wish them all well.
"One of those is Ricardo Gardner, who has been with the football club for 14 years. He has offered incredible service to Bolton Wanderers and I'd like to personally thank him for all of his efforts, particularly during the time I have worked with him."
Paul Robinson, Sean Davis, Robbie Blake, Mark Connolly, Tope Obadeyi, Rhys Bennett, Dino Fazlic and Tom Eckersley are all on their way out, while Tuncay Sanli, Dedryck Boyata and Ryo Miyaichi have completed their loan spells and return to their parent clubs.
Coyle added that he bears no ill-will towards Reo-Coker, who will be allowed to leave following the Trotters’ relegation.
"I was clear with Nigel," he said. "I asked him straight away whether he wanted to stay and be a part of what we are going to do next season.
"He was honest and up front with us, because that is the type of man he is, and said that he wanted to exercise the clause in his contract, and so we wish him well."