Watford confirm release of Rene Gilmartin, Tom James, Chez Isaac and Michael Bryan

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Watford will be releasing five players this summer but are hoping to secure the futures of Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn.

Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, defender Tom James, midfielder Chez Isaac and winger Michael Bryan were all out of contract this summer and the club have confirmed they will not be handing them extensions. Josh Walker had previously agreed a move to Scunthorpe United, where he has spent the second half of the season on loan.

Taylor and McGinn are also out of contract this summer but the Hornets are in talks with the pair over a new deal.

Watford manager Sean Dyche told the club's website: "The harsh realities of football are never far away - and for us as a club it means we simply cannot retain every player on our staff, despite all these lads having given everything to the club this year.

"We've valued their contribution to the squad throughout this season. They've been part of a group that's always looking to improve.

"On behalf of everyone connected with Watford, I'd like to them all well for their future in football."

Gilmartin, 24, joined the Hornets from Walsall on a free transfer last summer but only made seven appearances for the Hornets first team and spent most of this season on loan at Yeovil Town and Crawley Town.

James's rise is a quite remarkable one but his dream year has ended in disappointment. The left back joined last summer from Stratford Town in the Midlands Football Alliance, which is the ninth tier of English football and four stages below the Conference.

The 23-year-old was initially handed a six-month contract but it was extended until the end of the season in January and he made his professional debut a few days later.

Isaac is a combative midfielder who captained the Under-18s last season but due to the number of central midfielders at Watford, spent the majority of this season on loan at Boreham Wood and Tamworth.

Bryan was part of the first team squad in recent years; making eight appearances in the 2009/10 campaign and seven last season. But he has spent considerable time away from London Colney in the last year on trial at other clubs and on loan at Bradford City.

Walker agreed a move to Scunthorpe permanently two weeks ago after spending the second half of this season on loan at The Iron. The former Middlesbrough midfielder, 23, made just one start and six substitute appearances for the Hornets following his move two years ago.

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11:31am Thu 3 May 12

corbindallas says...

I wonder if the Gilmartin release means we are going to sign TK, I would hope the saved salaries combined mean we can do this as I thing Kuszczak would be a ideal start for building a strong team for next year?Will be interesting to see the McGinn situation as he has been out for so long wonder if he can come back as strong or stronger than his previous first team appearances, really hope so?
I wonder if the Gilmartin release means we are going to sign TK, I would hope the saved salaries combined mean we can do this as I thing Kuszczak would be a ideal start for building a strong team for next year?Will be interesting to see the McGinn situation as he has been out for so long wonder if he can come back as strong or stronger than his previous first team appearances, really hope so? corbindallas
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11:38am Thu 3 May 12

ChorleywoodHornet says...

As much as I'd love to see TK back I just can't see it happening, because of salary and the size of the club. More likely is that Jonathan Bond will replace him and we'll have Loach as number 1 again.
As much as I'd love to see TK back I just can't see it happening, because of salary and the size of the club. More likely is that Jonathan Bond will replace him and we'll have Loach as number 1 again. ChorleywoodHornet
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12:16pm Thu 3 May 12

Andrew1963 says...

corbindallas wrote:
I wonder if the Gilmartin release means we are going to sign TK, I would hope the saved salaries combined mean we can do this as I thing Kuszczak would be a ideal start for building a strong team for next year?Will be interesting to see the McGinn situation as he has been out for so long wonder if he can come back as strong or stronger than his previous first team appearances, really hope so?
I doubt the 4 released were on big money probably under £200,000 a year for the lot. I expect TK would be looking for at least £375,000 - but the savings go a fair way to meeting that. If I was Taylors agent I would wait and see what happens with Mariappa - if he goes Taylor will have a stronger hand to play.
[quote][p][bold]corbindallas[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the Gilmartin release means we are going to sign TK, I would hope the saved salaries combined mean we can do this as I thing Kuszczak would be a ideal start for building a strong team for next year?Will be interesting to see the McGinn situation as he has been out for so long wonder if he can come back as strong or stronger than his previous first team appearances, really hope so?[/p][/quote]I doubt the 4 released were on big money probably under £200,000 a year for the lot. I expect TK would be looking for at least £375,000 - but the savings go a fair way to meeting that. If I was Taylors agent I would wait and see what happens with Mariappa - if he goes Taylor will have a stronger hand to play. Andrew1963
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1:01pm Thu 3 May 12

No Wheels says...

I'm a little sad to see Bryan go... Especially when we are so short on quality wide players. I thought he did well in a couple of his first appearances - though they seem an eternity ago now. I know it's a big old rough and tough league out there, but we never seem very keen to keep the or play the tricksy little skilful players.... Will Mingoia get his chance, I wonder?
I'm a little sad to see Bryan go... Especially when we are so short on quality wide players. I thought he did well in a couple of his first appearances - though they seem an eternity ago now. I know it's a big old rough and tough league out there, but we never seem very keen to keep the or play the tricksy little skilful players.... Will Mingoia get his chance, I wonder? No Wheels
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1:30pm Thu 3 May 12

tonupchris says...

In the times I've seen Mingoia I always thought he seemed a little too lightweight. Mind you I said that watching a reserve game a few years ago about a player and he now plays for Man Utd and England so what do I know.
No shock with the ones going but had a feeling there might have been others. Thought Whichelow might be going but pleased he isn't. Big season for him next year. Garner as he just doesn't look good enough especially if we're looking to progress next season in to play off contenders. A striker and another winger a must in the summer. I'm not as concerned about Loach as others but if we were to get TK I wouldn't be too upset! If QPR stay up, Smith back for a third time!!??
In the times I've seen Mingoia I always thought he seemed a little too lightweight. Mind you I said that watching a reserve game a few years ago about a player and he now plays for Man Utd and England so what do I know. No shock with the ones going but had a feeling there might have been others. Thought Whichelow might be going but pleased he isn't. Big season for him next year. Garner as he just doesn't look good enough especially if we're looking to progress next season in to play off contenders. A striker and another winger a must in the summer. I'm not as concerned about Loach as others but if we were to get TK I wouldn't be too upset! If QPR stay up, Smith back for a third time!!?? tonupchris
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2:42pm Thu 3 May 12

WFC4ever says...

I think Bond will step up to compete with Loach for the goalkeeping spot.

Hope Taylor and McGinn stay.
I think Bond will step up to compete with Loach for the goalkeeping spot. Hope Taylor and McGinn stay. WFC4ever
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2:51pm Thu 3 May 12

The Rover says...

Not a massive loss. Lets hope we manage to keep the rest of squad so we can have a push for promotion next season, and that we dont have a mass exodus once everyone has renewed their season tickets.
Not a massive loss. Lets hope we manage to keep the rest of squad so we can have a push for promotion next season, and that we dont have a mass exodus once everyone has renewed their season tickets. The Rover
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2:58pm Thu 3 May 12

stevyweavy says...

David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in.
David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in. stevyweavy
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3:16pm Thu 3 May 12

SAHornet says...

stevyweavy wrote:
David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in.
I haven't heard a single comment so far that would indicate a welcome return for David James. Very bad move as far as I'm concerned. We've already got one butter-fingers.
[quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in.[/p][/quote]I haven't heard a single comment so far that would indicate a welcome return for David James. Very bad move as far as I'm concerned. We've already got one butter-fingers. SAHornet
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3:46pm Thu 3 May 12

buckler says...

James is finished! Not good enough and dropped by a team nearly relegated.Why would we possibly want another Clown with big gloves ?
James is finished! Not good enough and dropped by a team nearly relegated.Why would we possibly want another Clown with big gloves ? buckler
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4:30pm Thu 3 May 12

Lloydinio says...

Oh I wanted Bryan and James to stay
Oh I wanted Bryan and James to stay Lloydinio
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4:42pm Thu 3 May 12

West Country Hornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
stevyweavy wrote:
David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in.
I haven't heard a single comment so far that would indicate a welcome return for David James. Very bad move as far as I'm concerned. We've already got one butter-fingers.
I live in Bristol and know many City season ticket holders who were calling for James to be dropped at various points during the season - eventually he was and their performances, and results, improved. Very, very bad signing if this happens. Danny Graham for England?
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevyweavy[/bold] wrote: David James has been released by Bristol City so don't be too surprised if his name gets mentioned if as expected we can't do a deal for Kuszczak. Personally think he is to old now at 41 but you never know and wouldn't go down to badly with a lot of the supporters. Don't know how it will play out with Martin Taylor (he may stall to see how the AM situation pans out) - I am sure that the reason AM did not come back into the starting 11 after his injury was all about showing Taylor the love but would expect McGinn to sign new contract after all the support he has had from the club. Will reserve judgement on the leaving players until we know what replacements come in.[/p][/quote]I haven't heard a single comment so far that would indicate a welcome return for David James. Very bad move as far as I'm concerned. We've already got one butter-fingers.[/p][/quote]I live in Bristol and know many City season ticket holders who were calling for James to be dropped at various points during the season - eventually he was and their performances, and results, improved. Very, very bad signing if this happens. Danny Graham for England? West Country Hornet
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4:55pm Thu 3 May 12

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

David James - Maybe 5 years ago, maybe 3 yrs ago, but absolutely not now. I wouldn't be surprised if it happened though...

Shame about Tom James. Looked like a great success story 6 months ago. I guess he didn't show sufficient improvement to suggest he could make the step up to 1st team player.
David James - Maybe 5 years ago, maybe 3 yrs ago, but absolutely not now. I wouldn't be surprised if it happened though... Shame about Tom James. Looked like a great success story 6 months ago. I guess he didn't show sufficient improvement to suggest he could make the step up to 1st team player. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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4:59pm Thu 3 May 12

JohnnyHornet says...

Don't have a problem with the 4 going such is football life, my concerns would be a depleted squad again based on these 4 going, Mirfin and Walker almost certainly staying at Scunny, potentially losing Taylor & Mcginn ( to Mcjock ), and rogue offers for Mapps and Murray, thats a defo 6 and a possible 10, mind you could mean we have the funds available for TK and a few others.
Don't have a problem with the 4 going such is football life, my concerns would be a depleted squad again based on these 4 going, Mirfin and Walker almost certainly staying at Scunny, potentially losing Taylor & Mcginn ( to Mcjock ), and rogue offers for Mapps and Murray, thats a defo 6 and a possible 10, mind you could mean we have the funds available for TK and a few others. JohnnyHornet
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5:50pm Thu 3 May 12

Richard - Come On You Golden Boys! says...

David James moved to Bristol City for family reasons as he lives in the West Country. Can't see him wanting to come to the Vic at this time - or us trying to get him for that matter, so think it's a non-starter. As for Kuszczak can't see that happening either - unless financial situation changes dramatically. Tommy Smith would be an interesting signing though .....
David James moved to Bristol City for family reasons as he lives in the West Country. Can't see him wanting to come to the Vic at this time - or us trying to get him for that matter, so think it's a non-starter. As for Kuszczak can't see that happening either - unless financial situation changes dramatically. Tommy Smith would be an interesting signing though ..... Richard - Come On You Golden Boys!
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6:40pm Thu 3 May 12

mrbankrupt says...

I think even David James must realise it's time to pack in, Tommy smith would be nice
I think even David James must realise it's time to pack in, Tommy smith would be nice mrbankrupt
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7:31pm Thu 3 May 12

SAHornet says...

We need:
Goalkeeper
Left back
Right back
Centre half (maybe x 2)
Nippy competent winger
Striker

If SD were to make these signings and really get it right this time, we could be contenders, no doubt about it, but.....do we have the funds??
We need: Goalkeeper Left back Right back Centre half (maybe x 2) Nippy competent winger Striker If SD were to make these signings and really get it right this time, we could be contenders, no doubt about it, but.....do we have the funds?? SAHornet
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8:20pm Thu 3 May 12

Hornet23 says...

SAHornet wrote:
We need:
Goalkeeper
Left back
Right back
Centre half (maybe x 2)
Nippy competent winger
Striker

If SD were to make these signings and really get it right this time, we could be contenders, no doubt about it, but.....do we have the funds??
Right back?? Lloyd, Hodson and Thompson....
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: We need: Goalkeeper Left back Right back Centre half (maybe x 2) Nippy competent winger Striker If SD were to make these signings and really get it right this time, we could be contenders, no doubt about it, but.....do we have the funds??[/p][/quote]Right back?? Lloyd, Hodson and Thompson.... Hornet23
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10:14pm Thu 3 May 12

SAHornet says...

Lloyd is generally considered to be finished, on this forum at least.

Hodson - where is he? No one knows. Certainly not a regular.

Thommo - ditto Hodson above.
Lloyd is generally considered to be finished, on this forum at least. Hodson - where is he? No one knows. Certainly not a regular. Thommo - ditto Hodson above. SAHornet
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10:43pm Thu 3 May 12

ChorleywoodHornet says...

SAHornet wrote:
Lloyd is generally considered to be finished, on this forum at least.

Hodson - where is he? No one knows. Certainly not a regular.

Thommo - ditto Hodson above.
There's been all sorts of ridiculous comments on this forum, that doesn't mean that LD is finished, I thought he had a good game against Borough!

The 5 substitute rule this season has meant that LH hasn't been on the bench when he was last season, and he has played a few times this season, most likely a regular next season.

And AT has been on loan at Brentford, and from what I've heard has been doing very well in League 1!

So therefore no need for a new right back!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Lloyd is generally considered to be finished, on this forum at least. Hodson - where is he? No one knows. Certainly not a regular. Thommo - ditto Hodson above.[/p][/quote]There's been all sorts of ridiculous comments on this forum, that doesn't mean that LD is finished, I thought he had a good game against Borough! The 5 substitute rule this season has meant that LH hasn't been on the bench when he was last season, and he has played a few times this season, most likely a regular next season. And AT has been on loan at Brentford, and from what I've heard has been doing very well in League 1! So therefore no need for a new right back! ChorleywoodHornet
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11:05pm Thu 3 May 12

onlyonerodthomas says...

people on here need to get realistic.tk only came to us because of our good relationship with man utd and tk needed games to stand any chance of making the euro squad.he was rumoured to be pulling in 25-35k a week at man utd.still a good age and could sign for a number of prem clubs(in my opinion).we have absolutely no chance of signing him permanently.i doubt we could offer more than 8k tops.if however we did sign him it will be the best business for wfc in a long time.
people on here need to get realistic.tk only came to us because of our good relationship with man utd and tk needed games to stand any chance of making the euro squad.he was rumoured to be pulling in 25-35k a week at man utd.still a good age and could sign for a number of prem clubs(in my opinion).we have absolutely no chance of signing him permanently.i doubt we could offer more than 8k tops.if however we did sign him it will be the best business for wfc in a long time. onlyonerodthomas
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8:16am Fri 4 May 12

corbindallas says...

I think we are being realistic, can't see a single Prem club that will name TK as immediate first choice, and he want's to play regularly not bench warm thus leaving MU. He knows Watford, he can get his career back online and earn a decent salary even with us. The other option is going abroad but that could be a big gamble for him and his family, so I would like to think we are in a good position to sign him even if only short term! Re Tommy Smith and HH I think they may be more important to QPR next season as I reckon QPR will be in the Championship and can't see QPR wanting to hold onto all those expensive players! If they do manage to stay up TS and HH may be released! So it could work out better if they do stay up?
I think we are being realistic, can't see a single Prem club that will name TK as immediate first choice, and he want's to play regularly not bench warm thus leaving MU. He knows Watford, he can get his career back online and earn a decent salary even with us. The other option is going abroad but that could be a big gamble for him and his family, so I would like to think we are in a good position to sign him even if only short term! Re Tommy Smith and HH I think they may be more important to QPR next season as I reckon QPR will be in the Championship and can't see QPR wanting to hold onto all those expensive players! If they do manage to stay up TS and HH may be released! So it could work out better if they do stay up? corbindallas
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7:35pm Fri 4 May 12

mickallen57 says...

Felt sorry for Michael Bryan thought he showed some ability and was tricky little player especially when running at the opposition defence,Bit on the small side.Wish them all well .
Don't agree with Chorleywoodhornet of course Lloyd isn't finished he never started His distribution( well documented on this site) is woefull the ammount of play broken down because he cannot pass is unbelievable. He is a lucky young man to be playing at this level.
Felt sorry for Michael Bryan thought he showed some ability and was tricky little player especially when running at the opposition defence,Bit on the small side.Wish them all well . Don't agree with Chorleywoodhornet of course Lloyd isn't finished he never started His distribution( well documented on this site) is woefull the ammount of play broken down because he cannot pass is unbelievable. He is a lucky young man to be playing at this level. mickallen57
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9:43am Sat 5 May 12

D.unstable says...

No surprises here and just clearing a few out that had little chance of reaching the required level if we are to push forward.

I expect to see Taylor and McGinn sign but despite how it would be the best signing for many a year cannot see TK staying as i thin he will have much bigger and better offers on the table (but fingers crossed).

What is all this talk of Lloyd, he may not be the best attacking right back in the country but please do not forget the commitment he has showed to our club over the past 10 years. You can never question his effort and work rate and has been a very loyal survant, something not seen too often these days in football. Often playing out of position for the good of the club.

I expect to see Lloyd in or around the first team for the next couple of years at least.
No surprises here and just clearing a few out that had little chance of reaching the required level if we are to push forward. I expect to see Taylor and McGinn sign but despite how it would be the best signing for many a year cannot see TK staying as i thin he will have much bigger and better offers on the table (but fingers crossed). What is all this talk of Lloyd, he may not be the best attacking right back in the country but please do not forget the commitment he has showed to our club over the past 10 years. You can never question his effort and work rate and has been a very loyal survant, something not seen too often these days in football. Often playing out of position for the good of the club. I expect to see Lloyd in or around the first team for the next couple of years at least. D.unstable
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