MIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed the exit of Liam Roberts but fellow goalkeeper Jamie Jones could yet stay at the club and sign a new deal this summer.

Boro have today released their retained list, with Paddy McNair's exit also made official. The Northern Ireland international confirmed he'd be moving on this summer after the final day victory over Watford.

Roberts is the only other senior player confirmed to be moving on at this stage. The 29-year-old made five appearances on Teesside after joining from Northampton two years ago. He spent the most recent season on loan at Barnsley, who are likely to now move to make his deal at Oakwell permanent.

Jones' contract is also up this summer, however Boro say the former Wigan captain will remain at Rockliffe to receive treatment on a shoulder injury with a view to extending his stay.

The 35-year-old was absent from the squad for the final two games of the season and replaced on the bench by Shea Connor.

Boro are well stocked between the posts, with Seny Dieng and Tom Glover having battled for the gloves this season and Sol Brynn and Zach Hemming returning from impressive loan spells.

McNair leaves having made more than 200 appearances in his six years on Teesside. The 29-year-old is said to be interesting Rangers, has options overseas and Luton Town have also been linked.


Eight academy players will also move on this summer, including Jeremi Sivi, who made one League Cup appearance for Boro and spent this season on loan at Harrogate in League Two.

Joe Gibson, who made his first team debut in the FA Cup victory at Mansfield in 2022, is also leaving after 15 years at the club.

Ben Beals, Sam Collins, Fenton John, Max Metcalfe, Henry Popple and Frankie Whelan are the others who are parting company with the club.

Scholars JD Costello, George Grant, Amazing Kiasungua and Cameron Simpson will also leave.

Boro said: "We offer our thanks to all those players leaving this summer for their contributions, and wish them the very best of luck in their future careers."

Luke Ayling, Sam Greenwood, Lewis O’Brien and Luke Thomas have all returned to their parent clubs after their loans on Teesside came to an end, but signing Ayling on a permanent deal is a priority for Boro this summer. Talks have taken place. Boro have opted against signing the other loanees on permanent deals.

As well as the capture of Ayling, a central midfielder is an early priority in the transfer window for Boro, who are also looking to strengthen their forward line.