Hope Powell manager of Brighton and Hove Women Brighton and Hove Albion Women vs Birmingham City Women, WSL football match, Amex Stadium, Brighton, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Powell releases nine as plans for next season begin

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell has let nine players leave the club as her plans to mould a squad for next season have begun.

Albion have this morning issued an official club press release confirming those players who are departing The People’s Pension Stadium and while many of the exits were expected, there are also a couple of surprise entries on the list.

Kirsty Barton, Jodie Brett,¬†Hollie Olding, Laura Rafferty, Beth Roe and Rebekah Stott are some of the players who many may have expected to see leave Albion this summer. Both Barton and Rafferty have been away on loan while Stott returned to her native New Zealand due to illness. Olding and Roe have been on the fringes of Powell’s team this season while Brett will retire due to injury.

The more unexpected departures at Albion see Norwegian international goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstand leave the club following 18-months with The Seagulls while Finnish international Nora Heroum and Republic of Ireland international Rianna Jarrett are also moving on. The trio made 34 appearances between them for Albion in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season.

Albion have confirmed that contract extensions have been offered to Dani Bowman, Megan Connolly, Kayleigh Green, Inessa Kaagman, Danique Kerkdijk, Emily Simpkins, Maisie Symonds and Aileen Whelan while Lee Geum-min will initially return to parent club Manchester City when her loan deal ends, although Powell is thought to want to sign the player permanently.

Megan Walsh, Victoria Williams, Ellie Brazil, Fliss Gibbons, Emma Koivisto, Maya Le Tissier, Katie Robinson and Katie Startup are all under contract for next season.

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