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Bristol City release four stalwarts

7 May 2014

Bristol City have bid farewell to four long-serving players.

Louis Carey, Liam Fontaine, Marvin Elliott and Stephen Pearson, who have a combined appearance tally of 1275 and 36 seasons of service between them, leave Ashton Gate for new challenges along with youngsters Mitch Brundle and Kevin Krans.

"All four have been great servants to this football club and we wish them all well," boss Steve Cotterill told the club's official website.

"With Louis, we've had a good chat and it's tough to be the one to end his Bristol City career. I'm delighted he got the all-time appearance record.

"Liam now has the opportunity to start afresh somewhere else and I'm sure he'll do well.

"I've known Marvin for a number of years and I've got to know him well over the last six months. He's been a great for this football club and now has the chance to assess his options elsewhere.

"Stephen was already recovering from his long-term ankle injury when I arrived and it was good that we were able to get him back to full fitness and give him some games at the end of the season."

Goalkeeper Elliott Parish, who has made 26 appearances for the club, has been made available for transfer while fellow shotstopper Dave Richards has agreed a one-year extention.

Home-grown trio Joe Bryan, Bobby Reid and Wes Burns have all been offered new deals.

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