NIGEL Clough says Damien McCrory has been “a brilliant servant” for Burton Albion.
The left back is the Brewers longest-serving player but has not been offered a new deal for next season.
The Albion manager said: “He has been a brilliant servant for seven seasons but with Colin Daniel coming in and Reece Hutchinson’s emergence that is why he moves on. He was a bit emotional after the game on Saturday as you would expect after seven years. He is one of the stalwarts who has been responsible for the team going up the leagues.
“I don’t see any problem with him getting fixed up somewhere next season.”
Clough also thanked Harry Campbell, Will Miller and Kyle McFadzean who are also not being offered new deals.
He said: “They have all made important contributions and we wish them well.
“Kyle was a good signing, a joint record at the time we brought him in, and he has been a good player for us.”
Clough now hopes his team can build on this season’s ninth place finish.
He said: “I hope we can play like we have done since Christmas, build on this season, develop and do better in certain situations.
“The young players have to improve. Marcus Harness has done really well but has to improve and we need him to start finishing more moves off.
“The feedback we are getting from supporters is that they are enjoying the way we have been playing and we want to do more of it. And we want to try and play the same away from home.
“It has been a long season with the Carabao Cup run. We will have a period of reflection in the next couple weeks and look at what we need to pinpoint next season.”