RICHARD FOSTER and Steven Bell head a list of five players freed by Partick Thistle after their Premiership promotion dreams died in the play-offs.

The experienced pair are joined by Ciaran McKenna, Connor Murray and Stephen Hendrie in being told they will not be offered fresh deals for next season.

The Jags remain in contract talks with midfielder Robbie Crawford over an extension, whilst loan players Lewis Mayo, Andy Firth, Juan Alegria, Kyle McAllister and Alex Jakubiak all return to their parent clubs.

Manager Ian McCall said: “It’s never easy to tell any player that they’re leaving the club, but [this] was extra difficult. All of the players have played their part in our Championship season and reaching the Premiership play-offs.

“I must add that Richard Foster and Steven Bell have been hugely important figures, on and off the pitch, during this period.

“I thank them all and wish them all the very best for the future.”