Whelan and Wheeldon released by Worcestershire

Worcestershire have announced that they will not be renewing the contracts of seamer Chris Whelan and batsman David Wheeldon when they expire at the end of the season.

Whelan, 25, joined Worcestershire from Middlesex in 2008 but struggled with an ankle injury last season and again at the start of the current campaign.

Wheeldon, 22, made his Worcestershire debut two years ago having first played Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire but he has dropped down the pecking order at New Road this season with the emergence of Matt Pardoe and Jack Manuel.

“Chris has struggled with an injury since the start of the season and has not been able to perform at the levels both he and the club would expect,” said Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

“Chris hopes that a winter focusing on rehabilitation will help him regain both form and fitness to be able to further progress his career in first-class cricket.”

“David made a promising start with the club, and hit his highest first-class score of 87 not out against Somerset in September 2009.

“However, David has since struggled to find consistent form, and by letting him know of this decision early he will have the opportunity to speak to other counties before the 2011 season comes to an end. We wish David every success in his attempt to progress his first-class career.”

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