STRIKER Omar Bogle heads a list of eight Newport County AFC leavers, with four senior figures still in contract talks.

The Exiles have announced their retained and released list, with discussions ongoing with stalwart Scot Bennett, injured captain and centre-back Ryan Delaney and midfielders Aaron Wildig and Harry Charsley over fresh terms.

Defender/midfielder Bennett played 56 times for Graham Coughlan last season and the 33-year-old made his 350th appearance for the club in the FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Defender Delaney was an influential figure in his first season in Newport until a knee injury ended the Irishman's campaign in February.

Midfielders Wildig and Charsley are important players when fit but have both had their problems stringing games together since heading to Rodney Parade.

Talks continue with the quartet - and value will be key given the club's small budget - but Coughlan has already made his call with six members of his squad from last season.

Strikers Omar Bogle and Offrande Zanzala, midfielder James Waite, defenders Declan Drysdale and Harrison Bright, and goalkeeper Jonny Maxted have left the club.

Goalkeeper Joe Day and midfielder Sam Bowen, who spent the season on loan in non-league at Yeovil and Wealdstone respectively, also depart.

The Exiles have also confirmed that an extra year has been triggered on top scorer Will Evans’ contract, with the 25-goal forward one of 10 players under contract for 2024/25.

South Wales Argus: GONE: Omar Bogle is leaving CountyGONE: Omar Bogle is leaving County (Image: Huw Evans Agency)

Bogle leaves after scoring 19 times in his first season but then having an injury-hit 2023/24 in which he scored eight in 32 outings.

Both Zanzala and Drysdale were plagued by injuries over two campaigns at the club, racking up 34 and 43 appearances respectively.

Midfielder Waite, from Sebastopol, joined the Exiles from Penybont in the Cymru Premier in January 2022 but was a fringe figure this season despite frequently being in Graham Coughlan's matchday squad.

Full-back Bright got a chance in the League Two run-in because of injuries but the academy graduate from Blaenavon, who had loan spells in the Cymru Premier with Pontypridd and Barry Town United, is moved on.

Maxted was signed as back-up for Nick Townsend last summer after Day was allowed to move on and made six appearances.

Coughlan and owner Huw Jenkins face a considerable summer rebuild given that loanees Lewis Payne (Southampton), Adam Lewis (Liverpool), Matt Baker (Stoke), Matty Bondswell (Newcastle) and Seb Palmer-Houlden (Bristol City) have returned to their parent clubs.

County had a memorable season in which they punched above their weight to be in contention for the League Two play-offs until a disastrous run of eight straight defeats to finish.

They also took Premier League Brentford to penalties in the Carabao Cup and boosted the coffers with an FA Cup run that saw them give Manchester United a scare at Rodney Parade in the fourth round after wins against Oldham, Barnet and Eastleigh.

County's squad under contract: Nick Townsend, Shane McLoughlin, James Clarke, Josh Seberry, Kyle Jameson, Bryn Morris, Nathan Wood, Kiban Rai, Will Evans, Luke Jephcott (first-year scholars Nelson Sanca and Jac Norris played for the first team last season).

In talks: Ryan Delaney, Scot Bennett, Aaron Wildig, Harry Charsley.