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Coventry City wrap up deal for vital midfielder but 30-year-old among 4 to depart



Coventry City have announced their retained list on the club’s official website and four senior players have departed.

Kyel Reid heads the list of names to exit the club this summer while captain Michael Doyle has been handed a one-year extension.

Twin brothers Dion and Devon Kelly-Evans have also been released alongside Bilal Sayoud.

Coventry have triggered the one-year contract extension for Doyle, who has been an integral member of their side this season, leading the Sky Blues to promotion to League One via the play-offs.

The 36-year-old Irishman will remain at the Ricoh Arena until the summer of 2019 now.

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that contract talks are underway to extend Dominic Hyam’s deal.

The 22-year-old centre-half has had to bide his time at Coventry but starred towards the end of the season with some impressive performances in the play-off semi-finals and final.

The Scotland youth international has a year left to run on his current deal but the Sky Blues have started discussions over the possibility of extending it by a further year.

Four players have been released, including winger Reid, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Colchester United.

After 50 appearances and two goals, the 30-year-old departs, having played both times at Wembley for Coventry in the last two years.

Coventry-born midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans moves on after making 18 appearances for Coventry, scoring once, while his brother Dion Kelly-Evans – a right-back –  is also let go with 40 appearances to his name.

Young winger Sayoud managed just one Checkatrade Trophy outing during his time at Coventry.

The Verdict

There are no real surprises here.

Coventry might not have done it this year without Doyle and his importance both on and off the pitch cannot be understated.

Even though he is nearly 37, the veteran midfielder defies his age and is in great shape and surely Coventry should think about handing him a coaching role to elongate his time at the club.

As for the released quartet, Reid was only ever a bit-part player while the Kelly-Evans brothers were never quite good enough and Sayoud never got a look-in.

Hyam, meanwhile, does deserve to be rewarded with an extension.

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