Sunderland announced their retained list earlier today ahead of their upcoming season in the Championship - and captain John O'Shea as well as fellow long-time Black Cats midfielder Sebastian Larsson are missing from the list, although they have reportedly been offered new contracts.
However, O'Shea, 36, has indicated he will not discuss his future on Wearside until after Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Austria and there remains a chance he could yet be offered and accept an extension.
The list, published on the Premier League website, details players out of contract at the end of June as it stands rather than those definitely leaving the relegated club.
The retained list does not mention Steven Pienaar, Victor Anichebe, Jan Kirchhoff, Joleon Lescott or Will Buckley which signals that the five have played their final games in the red and white of Sunderland.
And defender Sebastian Coates, who has spent the past 18 months on loan at Sporting Lisbon, will join the Portuguese club permanently on July 1.
David Moyes resigned last month and Sunderland are now on the hunt for a new manager as they prepare for life in the Championship.