As Brentford's season reaches a critical point this Saturday at Grimsby, where a win will almost guarantee league survival, four Bees players currently out on loan have been told they will not have their contracts renewed.

Bees boss Martin Allen, who saw his side earn a point against Wycombe last Saturday, has told Stephen Hughes (Basingstoke Town), Lee Fieldwick (Swansea City), Danny Thomas (Staines Town), and Lloyd Blackman (Cambridge City), that their future lies away from Griffin Park.

Midfielder Hughes and defender Fieldwick have made the highest number of appearances for the club this season; 13 and 10 respectively. Bees skipper Michael Dobson is a major doubt for Brentford's penultimate game of the season after a reoccurrence of a long-term back injury.

Allen, who scrapped canteen meals and ordered his squad to bring in packed lunches in a bid to save money at the cash-strapped club, heaped praise on Stephen Hunt and Ibrahima Sonko this week, who both made themselves available for the Wycombe game despite ailments. Hunt is struggling with a groin injury but has featured in every game since Allen took charge, while Sonko saw off a stomach bug on matchday to turn out for the Bees. Both players are back in contention for Saturday.

l Youth players Dominic Gauci, Matt Paterson, Steve McNamara, Mark Scotchford, Ryan Lake, and Harpal Matharu have not been offered further terms and will leave Griffin Park.