21-year-old American defender Will Packwood has thanked Birmingham City for eight years of loyalty after moving on from the club at the expiry of his contract.
The Championship side announced it has parted ways with Packwood, and the player posted a message on Twitter to express his gratitude for the club that groomed him as a youth and gave him his first professional contract.
He made just one appearance with the club in the Championship this year, instead spending the second half of the season on loan to League One club Colchester United and League Two side Cheltenham Town. He appeared just six total times for his loan clubs, scoring once in League Two.
Despite the occasional speculation surrounding a possible call-up, Packwood has yet to make his USMNT debut, but has been with the youth side for some time, making three appearances for the U-23 team last year and logging nine appearances for the U-20 team since 2010. He joined Birmingham City as a 14-year-old, and the club remained loyal to him despite a horrific leg-break injury in early 2013, even offering him an extension during his recovery.
Meanwhile, after re-solidifying his place in the first team, fellow American Jonathan Spector has been offered a new two-year contract by Birmingham City with an option for a third year, the club announced. The 29-year-old defender made 23 appearances in the Championship this season, only hampered by a thigh injury mid-season but otherwise remaining a constant fixture in the first team. The club finished a solid 10th in the Championship this season, although their defensive record was poor, conceding 64 goals, more than any club 14th or higher in the table.
Spector has been with Birmingham since 2011 when he moved from West Ham, and has made at least 22 appearances in every league season since joining. The Manchester United youth product also owns six seasons of Premier League experience with the Hammers and Charlton.