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Ashley Cole released by Derby

Veteran defender Ashley Cole is among the players that have been released by Derby County following their playoff defeat against Aston Villa.

The Premier League winner initially joined the Rams on a short-term contract following his release from LA Galaxy, and started in their Wembley promotion playoff defeat against Aston Villa.

The former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back made 12 appearances for the club following his January move.

Cole will be followed out of the exit door at Pride Park by Efe Ambrose, Alex Pearce, Marcus Olsson and David Nugent when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Craig Bryson is another player that is out of contract, but the club are keen to tie him down for an extension.

Meanwhile, the loan deals of Harry Wilson, Fikyao Tomori, Mason Mount and Andy King have all come to an end and they will return to their parent clubs.

Kelle Roos had cemented his place as the club's first choice goalkeeper in the latter part of the season and has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.


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