SUNDERLAND have announced that a further three professionals will be released at the end of the season.
The Echo revealed yesterday how Nathan Luscombe, Nathan Wilson and Dan Madden are all set to leave the Stadium of Light when their contracts expire in the summer.
The Black Cats have now confirmed that Robbie Weir, Michael Kay and Jean-Yves M’Voto will also depart when their deals come to an end, along with youth-teamers Michael Lamb and Andrew Harrison.
Weir and Kay were expected to leave Wearside anyway with both currently enjoying successful loan spells at Tranmere Rovers.
The League One outfit had enquired with Sunderland about the chances of signing them on a permanent basis and the duo are now expected to sign on free transfers at the end of the season.
Northern Ireland U21 international Weir was a regular for the Black Cats reserves, but failed to make a first-team appearance - spending two months on loan at non-league York City earlier in the campaign.
Right-back Kay, another regular for the second string, made his only first-team appearance under Ricky Sbragia in the 2009 FA Cup fourth round replay at Blackburn.
M’Voto is the most high profile of the players being released after Roy Keane spent around £500,000 to land the centre-half from Paris Saint-Germain in January, 2008.
The former French youth international (right) was on lucrative wages at the Stadium of Light but never got near to the first-team.
He spent last season on loan at Southend United and has been in League One again this season with Oldham Athletic.
The 22-year-old returned to Wearside in January for treatment on an ankle injury, but he went back to Boundary Park last month.
The Latics are expected to offer M’Voto a permanent deal to stay at Oldham with boss Paul Dickov an admirer of the 6ft 4in defender.