Goalkeeper surprise departure from Crewe

Ben Garrett is one of four players who have been released by Crewe Alexandra.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper has made over 240 appearances for the club he joined as a youngster.

Garrett was the big name among the four players who were freed, the others were Michael Raynes, Alex Nicholls and Joe Lynch.

Skipper George Ray has turned down the offer of a new contract.

Seven players were offered fresh terms, including Jordan Bowery, Oliver Finney, Travis Johnson, Regan Griffiths, Billy Sass-Davies, Josh Lundstram and Luke Offord.

Meanwhile Nicky Hunt has penned a new one year contract.

The 35-year-old was set to be out of contract this summer, but boss Dave Artell has moved quickly to tie up the veteran defender.

Hunt has played all across the back four this season, starting at right-back before enjoying a comfortable spell in the centre of defence and ending the campaign at left-back to cover for the injured Harry Pickering & Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

Hunt made a total of 25 appearances last season, but his infectious character in and around the place was another key reason manager David Artell was keen to keep hold of the former Bolton Wanderers man.

Sixteen players are already under contract.

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