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Leeds United release retained players list, Adam Forshaw and Joel Robles to leave the club

Leeds United’s retained players list for the 2023/24 season has been submitted, and has confirmed that midfielder Adam Forshaw and goalkeeper Joel Robles are set to depart the West Yorkshire club upon expiry of their contracts this summer.

Youth players Stuart McKinstry and Will Brook are also set to be released, with young left-back Scott Godden being offered his first professional contract with the Whites.

Forshaw’s time at Leeds has been hampered by repeated injury since signing from Middlesbrough in January 2018 – yet he has impressed in the central midfield role when fit.

The fact that the 31-year-old has made just 105 senior appearances in all competitions for the Whites since his 2018 move is testament to the extent to which injury has impacted his career during his time in LS11.

Robles, despite having just had one season at Elland Road compared to Forshaw’s five-and-a-half years there, has also performed admirably when called upon. His displays during the latter end of last season – when he was drafted into the side by Sam Allardyce to replace the under-fire Illan Meslier – were not enough to save Leeds, but it was the defence in front of him rather than his own performances which condemned his side to the Championship.

Interestingly, Leeds’ statement claims that Forshaw and Robles have both been invited back to the club to participate in pre-season training in July.

The club’s full statement, as well as the retained list in its entirety, can be read here.

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