Jackson said on Thursday that it looked like eight first-team players would go along with three from the Under-20s squad while loan players Paul Willis and Paddy Boyle could also be moved off the payroll, with two others still negotiating.
The club confirmed yesterday that seven experienced players had definitely left – Jordan McMillan, Joe Cardle, Paul Gallacher, Stephen Jordan, Andy Dowie, Andy Barrowman and Andy Kirk.
Former captain McMillan has already found a new club after signing for Partick Thistle. Jefferies revealed the eighth first-team player referenced could have been either John Potter or Dargo but he hopes the experienced pair can stay at East End Park having both helped the Under-20s reach the SFA Youth Cup final.
Jefferies said: “It is complicated because one of them had to go, so that would probably make the eighth but John Potter is in charge of the 20s and John will take that. We have tried to make a case for keeping Dargo because I have lost a lot of experienced players but also because very shortly he is looking to go into coaching.”