Former Sunderland and Manchester United man RELEASED by League One club as Lincoln City clash kick-off time changed

Former Sunderland and Manchester United defender Donald Love has been released by Shrewsbury Town.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 1:32 pm

Love joined Sunderland then a Premier League club, on a four-year deal in 2016 alongside his Manchester United teammate Paddy McNair, for a combined fee of £5.5 million.

Fast forward three seasons and two relegations later, and the defender departed the Stadium of Light and joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer.

But Sunderland’s League One rivals have now confirmed that the 26-year-old former Black Cat is one of 12 players to have left Montgomery Waters Meadow following the expiration of their contracts.

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GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22:  Donald Love of Sunderland battles for posession with Regan Charles-Cook of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22: Donald Love of Sunderland battles for posession with Regan Charles-Cook of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

"It's one of the toughest decisions you have to make at the end of the season,” Town boss Steve Cotterill explained to the club’s website.

“Especially when the boys have done so well to keep us in the division. I have had some tough days over the last few months but this has certainly been one of the toughest.

"Explaining to the lads that we aren't moving forward with them isn't easy.”

In other news, Sunderland’s League One play-off final second-leg has a new kick-off time.

The clash will now take place on Saturday 22 May will now at 3:30 pm.

And excitement is mounting among Sunderland supporters at the prospect of watching their side at the Stadium of Light for the first time since March 7 last year.

10,000 spectators will be allowed in the ground for the first time since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic

An online sale has begun with 2020/21 season ticket holders at the front of the queue. Any left will be sold to 2021/22 season ticket holders from Friday morning.

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