Jordan Jones’ name joining the list of impending exits this summer brings the total to… quite a lot.
From the early portion of summer or late spring, we’ve seen the departures of a whole glut of players:
Sheyi Ojo (end of loan), Wes Foderingham, Jon Flanagan, Andy Halliday, Jak Alnwick, Jordan Rossiter, Jason Holt, Matt Polster, Florian Kamberi (end of loan), Jake Hastie (loan) and Ross McCrorie have all made their ways out from the Marble Staircase and started new chapters of their careers.
Greg Docherty, Jamie Murphy and Jordan Jones are certain to join them.
Now, we don’t want to jump to knee jerk reactions – so we won’t.
We liked a number of these players – Docherty, McCrorie, Murphy and Jones all, we felt, could have added something to the club and we had an open mind to them being used.
But the manager makes the final call, and we have to say, this summer’s outgoings are really rather substantial.
It is telling that of all the 14 players to head out this calendar year, barely five were Gerrard signings.
Polster, Kamberi, Hastie, Flanagan and Jones were those brought in under Gerrard’s reign, but four of them were under Mark Allen’s directorship while Kamberi was only a month or two after Ross Wilson replaced him.
All the rest are remnants of the Warburton era, a time which just wasn’t good enough, and Gerrard wasn’t wrong to ship out the likes of Ojo, Holt and Foderingham.
But it’s those slightly better ones, the Jones, the Dochertys – those are the ones we’re a little disappointed to see go.
It’s not that we think they’re all incredible players, we just think they had more to offer us than Brandon Barker, for example.
But it is what it is, and if Stevie brings home 55 this season we’ll be the last ones whining about Greg Docherty moving to Hull.
But the pressure is on this season more than ever to get it right.
Hopefully Gerrard’s decisions will be justified by the end.