By Paul Brown
Brad Guzan, Emile Heskey and Carlos Cuellar have all been released by Villa.
The claret and blue trio were all the end of their contracts and will now seek pastures new.
Villa would like to thank them for their unstinting loyalty to the club and wish them all the best for the future.
Guzan has been at Villa for four years and will be remembered for his penalty-saving heroics in cup competitions.
In the pre-season Peace Cup tournament, the Chicago-born stopper saved penalties from Juventus stars Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero as Villa toppled the Italian giants in a shoot-out to lift the trophy.
Then in October 2009, Guzan denied three Sunderland players in a League Cup shoot-out to send Villa into the next round.
Unfortunately for the stopper, his path to Barclays Premier League action was generally blocked by the heroics of fellow USA ace Brad Friedel and Irish star Shay Given.
Heskey showed flashes of his undoubted quality throughout his three years as the powerful forward gave his all for the Villa cause.
He was a man mountain in keeping possession up top when Villa attacked, he scored a fair few goals and he was also a big voice in the dressing room too.
Cuellar never let anyone down for Villa as he excelled at centre-half, right-back and left-back.
In his five years at the club, he always gave his heart and soul in every appearance in claret and blue.
Ebby Nelson Addy, Connor Taylor, Charlie Ward, Reece Caira, Richard Bryan, Matthew Coton, Darious Darkin and Seb Jenkins have also been released from the academy.
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