Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE international defender Adam Chicksen has survived a purge at Notts County after he was named on the retained list for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
The team, participating in England’s National League, has wielded the axe as part of their exercise to bring more quality at the club.
The Nottingham-based team, in a statement, said the recruitment team and the coach are assembling a group they believe can earn them Championship football.
They are currently playing in the fifth tier of the English football league system and their target is the second division.
Resultantly, six players have been released while Chicksen was offered a new contract following the expiry of his deal.
The Warriors full-back is among the six players who have been offered new contracts – to join the other eight already under contract.
“Eight players remain under contract heading into the new season, while several members of the squad have been given the chance to extend their stay at Meadow Lane.
“As fans will see, we are making every effort to retain a strong core of the squad which we feel performed exceptionally well towards the end of last season.
“Our recruitment team have been working closely with head coach Ian Burchnall since his arrival to identify players we believe can help us realise our goal of returning to the EFL as soon as possible and we look forward to welcoming fresh talent to the squad in the coming weeks,” read the club’s statement.
“Offered new contract (are) Sam Slocombe, Tiernan Brooks, Connell Rawlinson, Adam Chicksen, Dion Kelly-Evans, Jim O’Brien.”
Notts County finished fifth in a 23-team league and Chicksen has been a regular.
He was part of the Warriors team that played Algeria in back-to-back Afcon qualifiers last year.
Chicksen had to miss the final round of the qualifiers due to coronavirus travel restrictions.