Skipper Jobi McAnuff heads a raft of releases announced by Reading after they heartbreakingly missed out on a Sky Bet Championship Play-Off spot.
Brighton's dramatic late winner at Nottingham Forest on Saturday ensured their place in the end-of-season shake-up at the expense of the Royals, for whom a draw at Burnley had looked like being sufficient.
And boss Nigel Adkins has wasted little time in making alterations, with five out-of-contract players told they can find new employers.
McAnuff, Mikele Leigertwood, Kaspars Gorkss, Stuart Taylor and Wayne Bridge will all exit the Madejski Stadium, with the latter expected to announce his retirement from the game.
Adkins told the club's official website: "I would like to place on record my thanks to Jobi, Mikele, Kaspars, Wayne and Stuart for their efforts and contribution to the cause.
"Jobi has captained the team so well and for what he's achieved he will be always be remembered here. Ledge has worked tirelessly to come back from injury this season and I've said many times how much I admire his attitude. Kaspars is captain of his country and is a true professional who sets a great example.
"Wayne is a top player whose season was sadly hampered by injury but he's worked ever so hard, and Stuart played in my very first game in charge and has always been a beneficial positive influence around the place. We wish them well in their continued careers."