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    Phil Picken Retires & Seven players released

    by The Boy Holty

    The news coming out of Gigg Lane yesterday was that Phil Picken has been forced to retire from professional football due to injuries. He's been a regular in the treatment room for a number of years and at 28 years old, this must be a real blow.

    Picken damaged his cruciate ligament when we lost 2-1 to Preston in September 2012 and then suffered a further injury last summer. He was ruled out for the whole of the 2013/14 season at that point but has called time on his career, just as his two and a half year contract was ending, so he would probably have guessed that things would come to a head this week.

    Our best wishes go to Phil and we hope he can pick himself up and build a new career for himself.

    Meanwhile Trevor Carson, Richard Hinds, Tommy Miller, Lewis Young, Robbie McIntyre and Tope Obadeyi have been told they will be released, as will Brian Jensen. There are a few surprises in there. I think Miller has done well since Flitcroft came in and Richard Hinds impressed me whenever he played. Brian Jensen is the most surprising one to be let go as he has been such an important player for us this season. With he and Carson leaving, its probably fair to say that Flicker will be looking for at least one good quality experienced goalkeeper in the summer.

    But Bury have taken up the one-year option on the contract of midfielder Andrew Tutte, meaning he will stay at the club next season.

    What surprises me is the fact that this announcement has been made before the season has ended. Will Jensen or Miller play at Morecambe on Saturday? If they do, how will they be motivated to put in a good performance. It bad enough getting players up for a meaningless game at the end of a season as it is.