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Saunders on the Losses of Ryan and Roberts

18 June 2015

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With yesterday seeing the departure of two popular players in Jimmy Ryan and Gary Roberts, manager Dean Saunders spoke about the two Liverpudlians moving on.

Saunders had been hoping to keep the midfield duo at the club, with the out-of-contract Ryan signing for Fleetwood Town and Roberts following his former manager to Portsmouth.

"I'm really disappointed to see Gary leave," said Saunders. "I had numerous conversations with him to try to persuade him to stay, but he made it clear that he wanted to join Paul Cook at Portsmouth.

"They made him a fabulous offer, which included a three-year contract, that we had no hope of matching.

"Jimmy Ryan's contract was effectively up before I came to the club and I did my best to retrieve the situation, making him a really good offer to stay.

"In the end his decision was based on the fact that he and his wife have recently had a new arrival and he wanted to go to a club closer to his home."

Despite the departures, Saunders stressed that he will be adding to his squad to ensure they are ready for the new League One season.

He said: "I am sorry to see Gary and Jimmy go, but we will replace them. We're working away on improving what we've got."

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