Fleetwood Town release striker and defender

Fleetwood Towns Shola Ameobi
Fleetwood Towns Shola Ameobi

Fleetwood Town have released ex-Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi and defender Danny Andrew.

The forward and defender’s contracts run out this summer and boss Steven Pressley says they have been released for ‘footballing reasons’.

Fleetwood Town's Danny Andrew is tackled by a Crewe Alexandria player

Fleetwood Town's Danny Andrew is tackled by a Crewe Alexandria player

Ameobi, 34, joined the club on a free transfer in February after leaving Bolton Wanderers.

He made 10 appearances and scored once but missed a chunk of the end of Town’s League One campaign after picking up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley in March.

He was named on the bench for the final three games of the season and made a cameo appearance in Town’s 0-0 draw with Blackpool.

But he was an unused substitute in Fleetwood’s penultimate game against Walsall and in Town’s final game of the campaign that saw them beat Crewe 2-0 at Highbury and retain their League One status.

Andrew had an injury-hit two-year spell at Highbury after joining from Macclesfield for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2014 and he has not been offered a new deal.

The 23-year-old left-back managed to break into the first team but suffered knee ligament damage in Town’s 2014 Boxing Day defeat to Bradford City. He endured a five-month spell on the sidelines before making his comeback on the final day of the 2014/15 season in Town’s 2-1 win at Port Vale.

Andrew started the 2015/16 campaign as first choice left-back but picked up a thigh injury in the 5-0 defeat at Gillingham in September and only featured again eight months later in Town’s final game against Crewe.