Leeds fans have mixed opinions on the release of Mirco Antenucci and Scott Wootton

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The Whites announced on Friday that the pair are amongst eight players who have been let go by the Championship club.

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.

Several youngsters including Eric Grimes and Robbie McDaid have departed, but the two big-name stars to leave Elland Road have come in the form of defender Scott Wootton and striker Mirco Antenucci.

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.

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.

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.

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