The times they are a-changing at Dens Park as boss Jim McIntyre dismantles the current Dundee squad – look further ahead, however, and the team will be totally unrecognisable.
The Dark Blues have to start swimming or they’ll sink like a stone – to do that Jim is hard at work completely re-shaping the playing staff at Dens.
Already he’s shipped out Adil Nabi after his contract came to an end as well as loanees Calvin Miller and Andy Boyle while Marcus Haber’s return from loan at Falkirk lasted all of a few hours before he left the club.
As Jim plots to make the slow one now later be fast as Bob Dylan put it, we’re yet to see any new faces confirmed but looking at the contract status of the rest of the squad, it’ll be all change at the club.
Today the Tele takes a look at who, if anyone, is likely to be around come the start of next season, whichever division that may be.
End of contract: Summer 2019
Cammy Kerr, Gensy Kusunga (option of further year), Darren O’Dea, Roarie Deacon, Glen Kamara, Sofien Moussa, Elliott Parish, Ryan Inniss (loan), Paul McGowan (option of further year), Benjy Kallman (loan), James Vincent, Kharl Madianga (option of further year), Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Dan Jefferies, Jesse Curran, Kerr Waddell, Cedwyn Scott, Kyle Gourlay, Calum Ferrie, Matty Henvey.
That’s a hefty list of players now in the final six months of their contract – something a cynical businessman might be happy with as the club stare relegation in the face.
Already a few of those have been told they are free to leave. French midfielder Madianga won’t be getting his extra year any time soon as the club look to move him on.
The Dens boss also wants Moussa to find himself a new place to call home sooner rather than later.
Glen Kamara hasn’t been able to adapt too well to the new manager’s style of play and has been linked with a move to Rangers among other big clubs (see story right), it’s likely his days are numbered in dark blue.
Roarie Deacon’s injury problems mean he might be too big a risk to offer a new deal while Darren O’Dea’s advancing years and being one of the biggest earners at the club mean this is more than likely his last season at the club.
Parish is a solid keeper but might not want to continue as second choice while Kallman has to find his shooting boots between now and the end of the campaign if his loan deal is to be made permanent.
End of contract: Summer 2020
Nathan Ralph, Elton Ngwatala, Jean Mendy, Kenny Miller, Josh Meekings, Lewis Spence.
If changes from the manager can’t make the loser now be later to win (last one, promise) then relegation is likely to affect these deals as well, though it would be a surprise if Ngwatala and Mendy are still Dundee players beyond this month with both being told to find new clubs.
Also in that bracket is battling midfielder Lewis Spence.
Nathan Ralph, meanwhile, has shown he can be a strong option in the Premiership as a left full-back while Kenny Miller will be into his 40th year by the start of next season.
End of contract: Summer 2021
Just the one player has the contractual stability of two-and-a-half years ahead of him at the club.
Goalkeeper Hamilton has performed well in recent weeks as the side has struggled but with the club in its current position, thinking this far ahead would be foolish for anyone.
Because like Dylan said: “The times they are a-changing.”