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(Saturday 5th May 2001)
Mo Harkin - released by Lawrie Sanchez - picture Paul DennisMo Harkin heads the list of players being shown the door at Adams Park at the end of the season after Manager Lawrie Sanchez informed the out of contract players their future with Wycombe. 21 year Harkin is joined by midfielder Matt Brady, reserve 'keeper Mark Westhead, short term contract player and FA Cup goalscoring hero, Roy Essandoh and youngster John Nutter in the end of season clear out by the Wycombe boss. Earlier in the week former Portsmouth striker Guy Whittingham was also told he no future at Wycombe.
36 year Whittingham was told he would be released at the end of the season after Lawrie Sanchez revealed he is looking to build a much younger squad that is capable of gaining promotion to Division One. The average age of The Wanderers' squad is 32 and Sanchez said "We need to reduce the age of our side and Guy is the victim of that. He has done well for us but I feel that at this stage of our development we need to be bringing in some younger legs to supplement the older players we have got here."

On loan striker George Clegg is also unlikely to be kept on despite being available on a free from Manchester United.

Injury victims Andy Baird and Paul Emblen are both expected to be offered new contracts although this has yet to be confirmed, while Dave Carroll is odds-on to stay after playing a starring role in the end of season run-in.

There were also strong rumours before and after the final game of the season against Colchester that Jamie Bates could have played his last game for Wycombe. The 33 year old was said to have told Manager Lawrie Sanchez before the game with Colchester that he was retiring from the full-time game.

Sanchez will now spend the summer searching for at least one new striker. Specualtion that former on-loan striker Sam Parkin is set for a permanent move to Adams Park were further confused by the news that Division Two Champions Millwall are looking to sign the 20 year old. Parkin began the 2000/2001 season with The Lions during his first loan spell out from Chelsea.

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