Former Wolves, Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers man released - hasn't played in 1,244 days

Andy Lonergan played 14 games for Wolves in the 2016/17 season. Everton have released the goalkeeper at 40-years-old. (Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)Andy Lonergan played 14 games for Wolves in the 2016/17 season. Everton have released the goalkeeper at 40-years-old. (Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Andy Lonergan played 14 games for Wolves in the 2016/17 season. Everton have released the goalkeeper at 40-years-old. (Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) | Getty Images
A former Wolves figure is now without a club after a Premier League rival chose not to extend his contract.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has been released by Premier League rivals Everton after three years as a player at Goodison Park.

The Toffees published their retained list last week and confirmed Lonergan would be leaving Goodison Park along with Andre Gomes, who they signed from Barcelona for a reported £22m.

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He joined the Merseyside club on a free transfer in the summer of 2021 but failed to make an appearance in the 1,004 days he was registered to them. Lonergan was mainly a back-up or an alternative option to first-choice England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Preston-born Lonergan was a player at Wolves in the 2016/17 season and joined on a two-year deal when Kenny Jackett was in charge. Walter Zenga replaced Jackett at the end of July with Rob Edwards taking on the role of interim manager before Paul Lambert's appointment.

Carl Ikeme was first-choice for a majority of the season with Lonergan playing as back-up whilst Harry Burgoyne also made a handful of appearances in that campaign. Wolves finished 15th, and in the following summer Nuno Espirito Santo took charge and Lonergan was allowed to leave for Leeds United.

The club he played for most in his career was hometown club Preston North End, playing 232 times for the Lilywhites. He scored his one and only goal playing for North End but departed for Leeds in 2011. Lonergan also played 62 times for Bolton as well as 31 times for Fulham and made an impressive 335 appearances in the Championship, keeping 77 clean sheets.

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Since 2017/18, Lonergan has been winding down his career, appearing sporadically for a handful of clubs. His nine games for Leeds United in a second spell as well as seven during a loan at Rochdale in 2019 was the last time he had a consecutive run of games. Lonergan has been on the books of Liverpool, Stoke City, West Brom and most recently Everton, helping clubs fulfil their homegrown quota and providing experience to younger goalkeepers.

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