FORMER skipper Stephen McGinn is one of eight first-team stars axed by St Mirren.
The midfielder has been let go by the Paisley club along with Danny Mullen, Gary MacKenzie, Ross Wallace, Tony Andreu, Cody Cooke and Oan Djorkaeff.
Goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky will also move on after knocking back the offer of a contract extension.
Saints gaffer Jim Goodwin, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “It has been really difficult to have to say goodbye to these players, especially in the current circumstances.
“However, the opportunity to support the players through the close season is one the club felt was important.
“It goes without saying that everyone at the club wishes all of them the very best for the future.”
McGinn, 31, returned to the Buddies for a second time in 2017 and was immediately named club captain and a year later he led the Paisley men back to the top flight when they won the Championship.
Goodwin, though, is hoping midfield man Ryan Flynn accepts the offer a new contract and remains at the club.