Surprises aplenty as Rovers announce which of the squad will be retained and which released following relegation from the Championship. With funds tight, Rovers are in a position where they need to sell players currently contracted in order to be able to offer new deals to those whose contracts have come to their conclusion.
Arguably the most eye-opening name on the retained list is that of Habib Beye, the Senegal international who spent much of each week last season training with Marseilles rather than Rovers.
Huge disappointments on the released list too with crowd and fanzine favourite Mustapha Dumbuya on his way out, as well as home town hero Sam ‘der Kaiser’ Hird. Simon Gillett, who played more than any Rovers player last season also departs, as too does the long-serving James Hayter. Also shown the door are Saunders’ ‘future prospects’ Fabien Robert and Damien Plessis, whoever he may be.