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Greg Halford among three first-team players released as Cardiff City publish retain list ahead of the Premier League season

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Cardiff City have today announced their retain list following the 2017/18 season and it sees three first-team players leaving the club.

The Bluebirds have today announced that Greg Halford has not been offered a new deal following the expiry of his contract.

The 33-year-old featured 16 times for Cardiff during last season when they secured promotion to the Premier League, but he will not be given a chance at the top flight.

Halford has been a favourite of Neil Warnock, joining Cardiff to link back up with the veteran boss after working together at Rotherham and Sheffield United.

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However, he has been limited to substitute appearances for the most part and he will leave the club on the back of a successful campaign which saw him win a Championship runner-up medal.

Halford isn’t the only first team player set for departure, though he is the only player leaving to have contributed to the most recent league campaign.

Winger Matthew Kennedy also departs after three years at the club, which included three loan spells.

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Kennedy joined the Bluebirds from Everton in 2015 but he has failed to land a regular spot in the first-team since.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan to League One club Portsmouth and his contract at the Cardiff City Stadium has now come to an end.

Kennedy is also joined by goalkeeper Ben Wilson who has known for some time that his five-year spell with the Bluebirds was coming to an end. Wilson has been out on loan with Oldham Athletic and Telford United during last season.

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The Bluebirds have also confirmed that they are yet to receive decisions from Aron Gunnarsson, Junior Hoilett and Brian Murphy regarding new deals. All three have been offered new contracts.

Offers have also been made to a number of youngsters, including U23 squad members Tyrone Duffus, Lloyd Humphries, Ibrahim Meite, Jamie Veale; and scholars, Jack Bodenham, Warren Burwood and Laurence Wooton.

Meanwhile, six youngsters will depart after not being offered new deals and they include Rhys Abbruzzese, Ogo Obi and Connor Young. Scholars, Alfie Madden, Keiron Proctor and Cai Williams.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Cardiff City said: “The Club would like to place on record its sincerest thanks to those who are moving on to pastures new this summer.”