Following the end of the 2016/17 campaign, Harrogate Town have announced details on their playing squad for next season.
A number of the current squad have already committed their future to the club for next year, with others expected to do so in the coming days.
However, it is widely known that the 2017/18 campaign will be a watershed season for our club.
Harrogate will operate on a full-time basis from July, the start of the 2017/18 season.
Making their intentions clear at the turn of the year has enabled every member of the squad to consider their options, and weigh up the feasibility of turning full-time should an offer be presented to them.
It is understandable that each player has their own unique set of individual circumstances, and as a club Town also have a set of guiding principles which must be considered when evaluating the playing squad.
Since announcing their intention to move to full-time, there has been a high level of interest from players outside the club who are keen to join, and Town are confident of being able to strengthen the squad with new additions over the summer.
Every player who joins will be solely focussed on professional football, fully understand the parameters the club are working within, and crucially, share the ambitions of everyone involved with Harrogate Town.
As expected, the transition to full-time presented some difficult decisions to the club, and after a period of negotiations, the following players will be leaving when their current contracts expire – Chris Elliott, Danny Ellis, Luke Shiels, JP Pittman, Wayne Brooksby, Tom Platt, Andi Thanoj and Joe Colbeck.
Discussions are ongoing with other members of the squad and further details will be released in due course.