Rovers are in talks with Elliott Bennett over a new deal at the club – but say the 32-year-old is free to consider his options as his current contract comes to an end.

The club have also offered a new deal to winger Harry Chapman who has impressed on loan at Shrewsbury Town, scoring seven times in 23 appearances.

However, the club have confirmed the departures of Charlie Mulgrew, Amari’i Bell, Corry Evans, Lewis Holtby and Stewart Downing.

Youngsters Joe Grayson, Stefan Mols, Lewis Thompson, Ben Paton, Brad Lyons and Tom White, along with scholars James Connolly, George Wyatt and Ben Pleavin, will all leave at the end of their current deals.

Bennett is games short of 200 for the club he joined in January 2016 when signed by Paul Lambert.

He was frozen out under Owen Coyle but enjoyed his best time at Rovers under Tony Mowbray who made him club captain after Charlie Mulgrew was loaned out in August 2019.

Bennett’s versatility was a key asset under Mowbray, playing 47 times in the League One promotion campaign of 2017/18, while the manager has stressed the importance of his leadership qualities on and off the pitch.

The 2020/21 season was a frustrating one for Bennett who had to wait until February to make his first start, one of only two across the whole campaign, in which he made only nine appearances, not helped by a three-month lay-off because of injury.

Bennett will now weigh up Rovers' offer before determining his next move, with Shrewsbury Town having previously been linked with a move.