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14 May 2014

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Brighton & Hove Albion have released six out-of-contract players - but are poised to offer new deals to Inigo Calderon, Casper Ankergren, Bruno Saltor and Player of the Season Matt Upson. 

The club has to lodge a "retained list" with the Football League before this Saturday, 17th May, and the six players who've been informed it is unlikely they will be offered new deals are Peter Brezovan, Will Hoskins, Tomasz Kuszczak, Andrea Orlandi, David Lopez and David Rodriguez. 

The Seagulls have invoked contract extension options with Kazenga LuaLua and development prospect Brennan Dickenson; his fellow under-21 squad members Grant Smith and Courtney Richards have also been released.

Chairman Tony Bloom has thanked the departing players, telling, "On behalf of the club I would like to thank Peter, Will, Tomasz, Andrea, David Lopez and David Rodriguez for their efforts and wish them all the very best for the future. 

"I'd also like to thank the players who joined us on loan during the season - Stephen Ward, Keith Andrews, Leroy Lita, Jonathan Obika and Jesse Lingard - for their efforts and excellent professionalism."

He also confirmed the decisions had been under review for a number of weeks, adding, "It's obviously important we let the players know where they stand and give them clarity as early as possible - and we also have to inform the Football League of the players we intend to release by this Friday.

"We had held off from making these decisions until now at the request of Oscar Garcia. He felt it was important for the unity within the squad in the final weeks of the campaign that we waited until the end of the season.

"However, it is not an immediate decision, that has been taken since Sunday's game. It is something which has been under discussion and review with Oscar for a number of weeks. The final decisions have been taken with input from David Burke, Nathan Jones and me." 

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