CAPTAIN Euan Murray is one of seven players who are leaving Athletic, the club have announced.

But their young player of the year, Josh Edwards, has signed a new two-year contract with the East End Park outfit.

The left back, who turned 21 last week, missed only two of the Pars' 36 matches, played every minute of the 34 games he started, and was voted Young Player of the Year by the supporters and the management team.

Kyle Turner, who spent the second part of the last season on loan at Airdrieonians, goalkeeper Cammy Gill, forward Gabby McGill, and youngsters Lucas Berry, Ben Swinton and Scott Cusick are also on their way out.

In addition, loanees Fraser Murray, Scott Banks, Ewan Henderson, Kerr McInroy and Lewis Mayo will all return to their parent clubs.

Murray, 27, departs Dunfermline after two years with the club and newly relegated Kilmarnock have been strongly tipped with a move for the centre back.

He moved to East End Park from Raith Rovers, who knocked them out of the SPFL Premiership play-off quarter-finals, in the summer of 2019 alongside forward Kevin Nisbet, who joined Hibernian last summer.

Murray penned a two-year deal and, after injury and the early curtailment of the campaign due to COVID-19, he made only 11 appearances in all competitions.

In his second, though, he was handed the captain's armband and played in all but three of Dunfermline's matches.

After scoring seven goals in his first 10 games,  rumours that the former Motherwell and Stenhousemuir centre back was attracting interest from other clubs began to surface in November.

At the time, he described it as "a bit of noise", emphasising his focus on performing well for Dunfermline, but he said that he will now begin looking at where his future may lie.

However, asked immediately after the play-off defeat about his future, Murray replied: "I've not thought about that.

"I've had play-off games and I've said from the very very start that when there was speculation – I think in November – that my sole focus would be on giving everything for this club, and up to this week, it's been the very same.

"I'll sit down with representatives and see what's what."

When asked about how he would reflect on the season, he replied: "An absolute pleasure to play for the club, first and foremost, and other than that, just pride in being the captain of a club with a lot of young, inexperienced lads, and going through a lot through a season where we've not got the situation where we can bond in a dressing room.

"We're sitting in freezing cold stands at Alloa (where the Pars have been training) and it would be easy to sit and sulk about these kind of things, and let it drip into performances, but we didn't.

"We stuck together, we've had a great team, a great team spirit, and the club have been good with me, and I've got to be thankful for that."

Turner, 23, also departs after two seasons with the Pars.

Signed from Stranraer in 2019, he played 33 times in 2019/20, scoring five times, and was a regular in the side at the beginning of the campaign just passed.

He played 19 times, and was named Championship player of the month for December, before surprisingly leaving for League One Airdrie in March.

Although sent off on his debut against Peterhead, Turner helped the Diamonds to a second placed finish, and into the Championship play-off final, where they lost out to Morton over two legs.