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David James released by Bristol City

David James after signing for Bristol City in 2010. Photo: ITV West

Former England goalkeeper David James is among eight players released by Bristol City today.

The 41 year old was a high-profile free transfer signing in the summer of 2010, and has played 84 times for the Ashton Gate club.

He recently lost his place in the team to Dean Gerken, but made his final appearance on Saturday against Burnley.

As City's highest paid player, his exit should greatly improve manager Derek McInnes' summer transfer budget.

Long-serving defender Jamie McAllister will also leave the club. The 34 year old left-back joined City from Hearts in 2006 and made 210 appearances. He was a key member of the team that won promotion from League One in 2006/07, and reached the Championship play-off final a year later.

The other players not offered new deals are David Clarkson, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Christian Ribeiro, Marlon Jackson, Danny Ball and Henry Muggeridge.

Team captain Louis Carey has been offered a new one year contract. The 35 year old has been at Ashton Gate for 17 years and has played more than 600 games for his hometown club.

Midfielder Stephen Pearson has also been offered a new deal. The 29 year old joined City on loan from Derby in November, before signing until the end of the season during the January transfer window.

The future of Kalifa Cisse is unclear. The midfielder has told the club he would like to look at his options as a free agent.

Bristol City captain Louis Carey has been offered a new one year contract. Credit: ITV West

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