Pilgrims release pair

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Boston United have cancelled the contract of Noel Whelan at his own request, while goalkeeper Nathan Abbey has also been released by the financially stricken club.

Whelan recently admitted to a problem with alcohol abuse, while it is understood that Abbey and Pilgrims boss Steve Evans fell out over issues of a personal nature.

"Noel has a big personal fight on his hands and that is his current priority. He has had and will continue to have my full support in what is a difficult time for a smashing lad," Evans told the club's official website.

"He made the request in the hope that when he is ready to return to football, he can have a fresh start and having slept on it, I have agreed to his request.

"Noel has asked us to pass on his thanks to everyone at Boston United and in particular, his team-mates who he worked with every day."

He added: "Nathan Abbey leaves us and we all wish him every success. I understand that the lad has a few options to consider and I am positive that whoever signs him will get good value."

Meanwhile, loan duo Peter Till and Gary Silk have extended their deals for the remainder of the season and Asa Hall has committed to another month.