At this stage of the year, every football club have a collection of players that leave when their contracts expire.
For West Bromwich Albion, three of their departing members are well-known first-team individuals.
Gareth McAuley, Claudio Yacob and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill will leave The Hawthorns when their contracts run out at the end of June.
Myhill is the long-serving player out of the bunch as he has been at the club for the past eight years, and during that time he registered 82 appearances.
McAuley has been a regular feature for West Brom since his switch to the club in 2011 from Ipswich Town.
The defender has amassed 227 appearances and has even scored 17 goals in that time.
The surprising departure is Yacob, who has been part of the club’s midfield for the past six years, racking up 175 outings.
After learning of the news, many fans questioned the decision not to hand Yacob a new contract as they feel that the 30-year-old could do a decent job in the Championship.
Others are saddened by the trio’s exits, while others think that it is a sign that the Baggies are moving forward.
Gareth and Claudio – did brilliantly for us.
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) June 20, 2018
— Karl Latham (@KarlJLatham) June 20, 2018
Absolutely gutted that Yacob and GMac are gone :/
— Owen Green (@Owen_Green96) June 20, 2018
— Luke Morris (@lukemorris1234) June 20, 2018
Crazy not giving yacob new deal for championship
— Ashley Small (@Asmall92) June 20, 2018
Can’t argue with these. Sentimentality out the window I’d imagine.
Thank you Gmac and Yacob! #wba
— Top baggie (@Topbaggie14) June 20, 2018
All quality players in their own right. McAuley had the issue of age. Myhill was never going to take Foster’s 1st team spot and Yacob just didn’t fit into Moore’s system but was fantastic on his day. Thanks for the service lads. Now let’s get some quality youngsters in to replace
— Coolio McDoodle (@_CoolioMcDoodle) June 20, 2018
shame to see 3 great long servant players leave ? wish them well in the future ??
— Reece (@reexew) June 20, 2018
I don’t understand why we would let yacob go, we would need a battler in the middle of the park as the championship is a very hard League
— Shane Silvester (@shanesilvester) June 20, 2018
Really sorry to see them all go. Hope it’s not a mistake letting Yacob leave. One of my favourite players. Can understand GMac considering his age despite his amazing performances for us over the years. Boaz always seemed a fantastic second keeper also.
— Chris Davis (@cdavis218) June 20, 2018
Noooo not yacob??
— Sarah (@sairrrx) June 20, 2018