Breen heads for Coventry exit

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COVENTRY CITY have released 11 players, including the World Cup-bound Gary Breen.

The Republic of Ireland international has rejected the offer of a fresh contract from The Sky Blues and will be hoping to impress in the Far East, as he searches for pastures new.

Breen made over 150 appearances for Coventry after arriving from Birmingham City in January 1997 for £2.5 million.

He is regarded as one of the best central defenders outside of The Premiership and is unlikely to be short of suitors.

Joining him on the departures list is Marcus Hall, who has also spurned the offer of a new contract after spending his entire career at Highfield Road.

Former Crystal Palace full back Marc Edworthy is also being released after four years in the Midlands, while former Fulham midfielder Paul Trollope is not being retained after only joining in March.

Reserve team players Shaun Hope, Mark Magennis, Thomas Cudworth and Craig Strachan have not been offered new contracts.

Allied to those eight are a trio of academy players - Danny Nelson, Jason Ashby and Matthew Cook - who have not been granted the option of a third-year scholarship.

Meanwhile, Sky Blues defender Richard Shaw has signed a one-year contract extension to his deal which was due to expire in the summer.

Chairman Mike McGinnity said: "We're delighted Richard has agreed to stay with us.

"We believe he is a true utility player and a valuable member of our squad."