Michael Brown and Richard Hughes head a 10-strong list of out-of-contract players who have all been released by Portsmouth.

Brown, formerly of Sheffield United, Tottenham, Fulham and Wigan, has not played for Pompey since Boxing Day due to a clause in his contract which would have triggered a new deal, crucially, on wages the club could not afford had he made one more appearance.

Fellow midfielder Hughes has also been let go due to a similar clause which prevented manager Steve Cotterill from playing him in another game for the Championship club, with his final appearance also coming in late December.

Talks broke down between the pair and Portsmouth in January when a financial compromise was unable to be reached despite the club's desire to keep them on board. Both players now leave Fratton Park on free transfers.


Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, striker Danny Webber and youngsters Marlon Pack, Pete Gregory, Tom Kilbey, Perry Ryan, Ellis Martin and Billy Goddard have also been released.

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