Ross County goalkeeper Michael Fraser has become the first casualty of Derek Adams rebuilding for next season after being told he will not be offered a new contract.
The 30-year-old has provided competition to Mark Brown all season for the number one slot but with both players out of contract Adams has decided it is time for Fraser to move on.
No decision has been made on Brown’s future but Adams thanked Fraser for his service to the Staggies.
He said: “I spoke to Michael this morning and I told him it’s one of those situations where I cannot guarantee him regular first team football.
“He did really well for me in his three seasons here, was part of our 40 match unbeaten run and played an integral part in our First Division championship win.
“He played in a lot of important games for the club and has pushed Mark all the way for the goalkeeper position this season.
“But I’ve decided we need to freshen things up and Michael will be moving on.
“He leaves here with our thanks and best wishes and I’m sure there will a lot of clubs interested in his services.”
Fraser’s departure from County comes in a week when Adams has been restructuring his backroom staff.
Assistant manager Neale Cooper and physio Paul Chappell were told their contracts would not be renewed.
Adams said: “Since Barry Smith left us to take charge at Alloa earlier in the season I’ve been looking at the coaching set-up at the club.
“We’ve been running with three coaches since he left and the likelihood is we will continue to do that next season with the new person coming in.
“We’ll need a new physio too of course and it felt like the timing was right to freshen up the coaching structure at the club.”
Former County captain Steven Ferguson remains part of the coaching staff at Victoria Park as Adams contemplates what coaching provision he needs for the next campaign.