Sunderland have decided not to retain the services of Irish defender Gary Breen.
The Black Cats are being forced to cut their cloth after slipping out of The Premiership and club captain Breen has not been handed a new deal.
Sunderland are in state of flux, with Niall Quinn in talks to take over the club, but current chairman Bob Murray is making plans for the new season.
Breen, who has been at the club for three years, is the most notably casualty, with the 32-year-old heading for pastures new.
Injury-plagued striker Kevin Kyle will remain at The Stadium of Light after the club exercised an option on his contract, while Dan Smith and Grant Leadbitter have been offered new deals.
Luke Ball, son of caretaker manager Kevin, is one of five Under-18 players to be released.
Anthony Le Tallec and Justin Hoyte have headed back to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively following loan spells on Wearside.