Trio to leave Southampton

Barnard, Dickson and Forte all will leave the Saints

Nigel Adkins: Southampton manager is letting unwanted players go

Southampton trio Lee Barnard, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte are set to leave the club this summer.

Barnard, Dickson and Forte all have been told by manager Nigel Adkins that they are no longer needed in the team.

Defender Dickson and striker Forte spent much of last season on loan at Leyton Orient and Notts County respectively.

Barnard joined on a free transfer from Southend in 2010 but the 28-year-old striker has been deemed surplus to requirements.

"It's fair to say that (they can leave)," said Adkins.

"There has been interest in them because they are of good quality.

"They are fit but they need to play football as well so everyone is working very hard to create a win-win situation.

"I'd imagine as the month progresses something more concrete will materialise."

Southampton will begin their Premier League campaign with an away game against champions Manchester City on Sunday 19th August.