Rochdale show door to three

But lucky seven to remain after promotion adventure

Hill: Let three go

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Rochdale boss Keith Hill has begun his preparations for life in League One by releasing three players.

Dale secured promotion for only the second time in their history after finishing third in League Two and Hill is looking to freshen up his squad ahead of the new season.

Michael Lea, Kallum Higginbotham and Ciaran Toner have all been informed they are no longer required at Deepdale, while goalkeeper Kenny Arthur has been transfer listed.

All four featured in the club's promotion push but will not be retained, although there was better news for Scott Wiseman, Rory McArdle and Nathan Stanton after they were all offered new deals.

Joe Thompson, Tom Kennedy, Chris Dagnall and Matt Edwards will also be given the chance to prove themselves in the third tier.

Meanwhile, the Lancashire outfit's loan contingent have all returned to their parent clubs.