Hull release six - including longest serving player McShane

Hull City KC North Stand

The Tigers were relegated on the last day of the season after they failed to beat Man United and Newcastle beat West Ham.

Steve Bruce has revealed that six first-team players are set to be released by Hull this summer, as the club comes to terms with relegation to the Championship.

Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figueroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon are all to be released when their contracts expire at the end of June. Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn have been offered new deals to extend their stay at the KC Stadium.

McShane and Rosenior have both been on the books for several years, and their departures leave James Chester and Quinn the only players to have been at the club more than two years.

“Regrettably, following relegation, we have made the decision to release the majority of those players whose contracts have expired," Bruce told the club website.

"We would like to place on record our thanks for the service they have given to the club, particularly our two longest serving players Liam Rosenior and Paul McShane. Both players have been outstanding for us and they leave with our very best wishes for their futures.

"The aim now is to retain as many of the remaining squad as possible and look to add some new faces this summer as we bid to compete at the top end of the Championship and bounce straight back into the top flight".

Irishman McShane has been at Hull since 2008 having initially arrived on loan from Sunderland, making 136 appearances for the Tigers, while former Fulham man Rosenior has played 161 games over five years.

The central defender has featured regularly in recent weeks, starting the last 15 game for Bruce's side as they suffered relegation, while former Newcastle favourite Harper made 12 appearances as number one goalkeeper Allan McGregor suffered injury problems throughout the season.

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