Notts County manager Neal Ardley says it was important to give clarity to players over their future at Meadow Lane, after opting to release 11 players this week.

The Magpies’ first ever season in non-league football was always going to be an historic one, but little did we know it would be cancelled with eight games remaining with promotion and relegation matters still to be decided.

While the club still hold hope that the play-offs will take place at some point in the coming weeks, Notts have taken the decision to release the likes of Matt Tootle, Ross Fitzsimons, Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathan Tyson and Pierce Bird prior to their deals coming to an end on June 30.

Ardley and his coaching staff have also put together a squad of 24 players who will, they hope, train and prepare for a possible National League play-off campaign.

“The end of any season is tough, people always think that you’re looking forward to a break,” Ardley said.

“You’ve got a new squad to put together, potentially and some faces you work with throughout the season, you have to make some decisions and this one has been a strange one because it hasn’t gone in line with anything we’ve done before.”

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