Plymouth Argyle Retained List 2024: Three players released by Pilgrims

Academy products Jack Endacott and Oscar Halls, plus goalkeeper Callum Burton, are all being released by Plymouth Argyle at the end of their current contracts.

The trio of Brendan Galloway, Mickel Miller and Will Jenkins Davies - the latter another graduate of the Pilgrims' youth set up - have all been offered new deals by the Championship club.

Loan signings Alfie Devine, Ashley Phillips (both Tottenham Hotspur) and Lino Sousa (Aston Villa) have returned to their parent clubs. Otherwise, the rest of the Argyle squad which finished the 2023/24 Championship campaign are all under contract for at least next season.

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Burton has been with Argyle for three years, making a total of 31 starts plus one appearance off the bench when Michael Cooper suffered a serious knee injury away to Sheffield Wednesday in February 2023.

He went on to play in all 17 of the remaining League One games that season as the Pilgrims clinched the title with 101 points, and also reached the final of the Papa John's Trophy, before losing 4-0 to Bolton Wanderers at Wembley.

Burton said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) this afternoon: "Unfortunately my time at this fantastic football club has come to an end.

"Plymouth has been mine and my familiy's home for the past three years and we have loved every second. My son was born here and we've been so lucky to meet so many amazing people in this city that we will stay in contact with for life.

"This season has been the worst way I could have imagined to finish my time here but that won't affect the memories I have from my first two seasons. I feel so grateful to have played my part in the promotion season and to do it with the special group that we had made it even better.

"Walking out with the Mayflower on my chest at Wembley, lifting the trophy at Port Vale and being out on the Barbican all night after securing promotion; the memories I have made will last me forever.

"Thank you to the Green Army for all your support. You travel the length of the country to support your club in massive numbers and that always motivated me so to never let you guys or the city down.

"I'm disappointed I never got to play a minute in the Championship and have been a spare part this season but every time I wore the shirt I wore it with pride. I will always follow Argyle and want the best for the club, fans and the city in the future."

Endacott, a versatile left-back or midfielder, had two loan spells away from Argyle this season, first a short one with Tiverton Town and then for a longer period at Tavistock.

The 19-year-old made all of his six starts and two substitute appearances for the Pilgrims during the 2022/23 campaign, with all but two of them coming in the run to the Papa John's Trophy final.

Halls, also 19, has spent much of this season on loan to Plymouth Parkway. All of his five starts and one substitute appearance for Argyle came in the Papa John's Trophy last term.

Argyle director of football Neil Dewsnip has already stated his hope that Galloway and Miller will agree to extend their stays at Home Park. Jenkins-Davies, 19, was on loan to Torquay United in National League South this season. He has previously played 11 times for the Pilgrims, six of them starts.

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Dewsnip said: “It is always a difficult time of the year when we have to say goodbye to players, at the end of a season, especially when those players have come through our own ranks and have been part of some special times, as Callum Burton has done.

“We thank those players leaving, including the ones heading back to their loan clubs, for their service to Argyle, as well as their professionalism. We wish them all the best, wherever their career takes them.

“It is pleasing to see such a large cohort of players carrying over to next season. We have a talented, hard-working squad of players who have demonstrated fantastic commitment to Argyle, and we have an excellent base from which to prepare for next season.

“We have offered new deals to out-of-contract players, which we hope they will sign. We also welcome new additions from our academy’s system and will support those young players on their next steps in their Argyle journey.”


Under contract: Michael Cooper, Bali Mumba, Jordan Houghton, Julio Pleguezuelo, Dan Scarr, Joe Edwards, Ryan Hardie, Morgan Whittaker, Callum Wright, Mustapha Bundu, Lewis Gibson, Tyreik Wright, Adam Randell, Conor Hazard, Ben Waine, Saxon Earley, Adam Forshaw, Matthew Sorinola, Zak Baker, Freddie Issaka, Caleb Roberts.

Out of contract, offered new contract: Mickel Miller, Brendan Galloway, Will Jenkins Davies.

Out of contract, released: Callum Burton, Jack Endacott, Oscar Halls.

Loan expired: Lino Sousa, Alfie Devine, Darko Gyabi, Ashley Phillips.

Moving from under-18s to first team: Josh Bernard, Jack Matthews.

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