Reuben Hazell and Jamie Gleeson have become the first casualties of Kidderminster Harriersrelegation.
The players - signed last summer by former manager Jan Molby - have left after manager Stuart Watkiss confirmed the club activated clauses to terminate their contracts.
The players' agents inserted the escape clauses when defender Hazell joined from Torquay United and midfielder Gleeson signed from Southampton.
Gleeson had accepted a pay-off but Hazell - who has not made a single first-team appearance for Harriers - will remain on the payroll until June 30, though that would cease if he signs for a club beforehand.
The Hazell saga is likely to have cost Harriers £50,000 in wages, with the player sitting on the bench in one first-team match. Having undergone knee surgery with the Gulls last season, he injured his knee again in pre-season with Harriers. Despite having several reserveteam run-outs, he has never felt he has overcome the problem.
Gleeson, who made two starts and six substitute appearances for Harriers, has had a trial with Hereford United and is expected to link up with them.
Watkiss faces a major shake-up in rebuilding the squad for Conference football, with ten other players out of contract. Tom Bennett has suggested he will return to his native Scotland though Watkiss has yet to speak to the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Walsall midfielder.
The future of the other players will depend on what finances the board can offer, though it seems certain there will be a major cut in the budget.
Watkiss has had talks with Gary Birch and is set for talks over the next fortnight with Lee Jenkins, Abdou Sall, Chris Beardsley, Simon Weaver, Dean Keates, Blair Sturrock, Billy Jones, Ian Foster, Bertrand Cozic, John McGrath and Mark Rawle.