Captain Andy Hill part of Neath's clear out

Neath

Neath have released captain Andy Hill as part of a major overhaul of the playing squad at the Gnoll.

Hill's departure comes two weeks after the long-serving striker scored two goals to secure Neath a place in Europe for the first time in their history.

Ex-Swansea City striker Chad Bond has also been shown the door, as well as goalkeepers Lee Idzi and Craig Morris.

Chris Jones, Craig Hughes, Ian Hillier, Matty Rees and Paul Fowler have been retained.

Youngsters Liam Thomas, Laurie Marsh and Luke Cummings have also signed new deals.

Former Swansea players Lee Trundle and Kris O'Leary were already under contract having made shock moves to the club last summer.

"Talks are ongoing with a number of existing squad players and transfer targets and further contract announcements will be made in the coming days," said a statement on Neath's website.

Idzi's departure comes only a few months after the keeper joined from Haverfordwest in January's transfer window. The 23-year-old was the only Neath player named in the Welsh Premier League team of the season.

The other players released by the ambitious club are Liam Hancock, Stephen Pockett and Paul Cochlin.

Last week, the Eagles appointed Peter Nicholas as manager after deciding not to renew the contract of long-serving manager Andy Dyer.