Saints chance for Svensson

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Southampton have confirmed that Michael Svensson will be given an extended period to prove himself.

The Swede has been dogged by injuries over the past few months and he was limited to just seven appearances in The Championship this season.

Svensson has now been given six months to prove his worth, after which point he could very well be given an extension.

Algerian Djamel Belmadi, Matthew Oakley and Yoann Folly have also been offered new terms, as has youngster Simon Gillett.

"I've not seen the best of Matt Oakley yet but I believe he can recapture his best form," said Saints boss George Burley.

"If he's fully fit again he will be very valuable.

"Djamel is another who has had his injury problems but, like Matt, will be valuable when fully fit."

Marian Pahars has already confirmed his departure from St Mary's and he is joined through the exit doors by Darren Kenton and Jim Brennan - who were both out of contract.

Youngsters Craig Richards and Eddie Anaclet were also released, while loanees Jermaine Wright, Kamil Kosowski, Darren Potter, Peter Madsen and Richard Chaplow have been told they will not be returning to the South Coast.