After a largely underwhelming season, Leeds United have already begun their preparations for next term by announcing on Friday that they have released eight players following the expiration of their contracts.
Antenucci had been linked with a return to Italy in January but ultimately stayed with the club, and enjoyed a period of the season as the Whites' de factor first-choice striker during the injury absence of top scorer Chris Wood.
After finishing last term as Leeds' top scorer, the Italian netted nine times in 43 matches in all competitions this season but with his contract expiring and the player turning 32 in August, the club have decided to let him move on after two years.
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Antenucci departs the club having started just 45 Championship matches and scored 19 goals, but he was a player who split opinion at Elland Road over his quality and attitude.
Farewell Mirco Antenucci - add him to the "let us never speak of him again" list. #lufc— Adrian de la Touche (@anoraky) May 20, 2016
Gutted about Antenucci leaving the club, offered something else that no one else did— Alexander Vautrey (@a_vautrey) May 20, 2016
A fitting exit for Antenucci, he's just been caught offside in duty free at Leeds Bradford Airport #lufc— MrPaulRobinson (@MrPaulRobinson) May 20, 2016
Gonna sulk around the pitch, shoot when it's easier to pass and not make challenges at 5 a side tomorrow, in honour of Antenucci— Jake (@JmcLufc) May 20, 2016
. @LUFC Genuinely cannot believe we released Mirco Antenucci brilliant player— ernmander (@ernmander) May 20, 2016
Actually gutted we've released Antenucci...— Jack Mitford (@jackmitford96) May 20, 2016
Good finisher but anyone who sulks and plays selfishly doesn't deserve to wear the shirt. Antenucci cries when he doesn't get his own way.— Josh Timlin (@JoshuaTimlin) May 20, 2016
Gutted we have released Mirco Antenucci— Tom Reece (@TomReecex) May 20, 2016
Meanwhile, defender Wootton has also been allowed to leave the club after three years at Elland Road following an inconsistent season characterised by inconsistent form and occasional individual errors.
In the final game of the season against Preston North End - incidentally his first appearance for the club since February - the 24-year-old's disastrous mistake allowed the home side to score a last-gasp equaliser, and that has proven to be his last action in a Leeds shirt.
Whereas reaction to Antenucci's departure was mixed, the news of Wootton's exit united Leeds fans is somewhat celebratory mood.
Goodbye Scott Wootton, its certainly been an experience..— Becka (@BeckaOllier) May 20, 2016
Wootton gone finally!!!!!!— Sirjeet Singh (@SirjeetSingh) May 20, 2016
Scott Wootton been released— Will (@will_stanser) May 20, 2016