BRIAN Jensen was the biggest casualty last night as Bury took the unusual step of revealing their retained list of players for next season ahead of this weekend’s final game of the current campaign.
The experienced goalkeeper, who has kept 15 clean sheets in 38 appearances, was one of seven Bury players to be told yesterday that they would not be offered an extension to their contracts.
Fellow stopper Trevor Carson - currently on loan at Portsmouth - has also been released along with defenders Richard Hinds and Robbie McIntyre, midfielders Tommy Miller and Lewis Young and forward Temitope Obadeyi.
Jensen, who is one of the favourites to scoop player of the season at Bury’s end-of-season awards tonight, took to Twitter after the shock news to thank Bury fans for their support.
And the 38-year-old Dane, affectionately known as the Beast, revealed he had no plans to retire.
“Just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you’ for your support, it means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote.
“I would like to thank the gaffer and the coaching staff for the opportunity to play for this great club.
“I am not retiring though, I am still going strong.”
The club also comfirmed that former Rochdale striker Ashley Grimes and ex-Shakers captain Andy Procter, who both signed on two-year deals last summer, had been placed on the transfer list.
And it was revealed Phil Picken, the final remaining member of the 2011 League Two promotion squad, had been forced to retire through injury.
The 28-year-old Droylsden-born full-back played 85 games for the Shakers over four seasons after signing from Chesterfield in August, 2010.
He suffered a cruciate injury playing at home to Preston in September 2012 and never played for the club again after his knee broke down on three aborted comebacks, the latest of which was earlier this year.
There was some good news for Bury players yesterday, however, as two veterans - midfielder Chris Sedgwick and striker Clive Platt – were offered new contracts, as was rookie goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook.
And the club announced that it had taken up the option to extend the contract of central midfielder Andrew Tutte for another season.