Manager Micky Adams has announced which players will leave the Valiants in the summer. Goalkeeper Chris Martin is one of three first-team players to leave the club.
Sixteen players have been offered new contracts but goalkeeper Chris Martin, midfielder Paul Marshall, defender Phil Roe have not been offered new deals, while midfielder Ryan Burge has been placed on the transfer list.
Rob Taylor, Anthony Griffith, John McCombe, Louis Dodds, Marc Richards, Tom Pope, Stuart Tomlinson, Lewis Haldane, Sean Rigg, Ben Williamson, Kingsley James, Clayton McDonald , Chris Shuker, Sam Johnson, Ryan Lloyd and Joe Davis have all been offered new deals with the club.
“These are very difficult decisions to make and not ones we have taken lightly,” manager Micky Adams told the official Port Vale website.
“We will work with the 16 players who have been offered terms and their representatives to hopefully finalise details in the near future.
“We thank the players who are leaving for their efforts and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
Left-back Roe was formally at Sheffield United and moved with Micky Adams to Burslem in the summer. He made his first-team debut as a sub during the FA Cup defeat to Grimsby and only made two further appearances from the bench.
Midfielder Paul Marshall joined the club for a second spell in the New Year. He enjoyed an impressive start but faded out of the first-team picture towards the end of the season.
Goalkeeper Chris Martin has progressed through the junior ranks and made a total of 88 first-team appearances since making his senior bow in 2008.
Midfielder Ryan Burge has been placed on the transfer list. The young playmaker has only made two appearances for the club before suffering a serious knee injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season. The 22 year-old signed a two-year deal with Vale in the summer.
Of the sixteen players to be offered new contracts, quartet Chris Shuker, Kingsley James and Ben Williamson will probably be amongst those delighted with Adams’ contract offer. Shuker has impressed after joining on a non-contract basis in the new year, James has mostly been restricted to a bench role but has impressed with his versatility, McDonald has been involved in a well-publicised court case while Williamson, previously on loan, will be delighted to have received a permanent offer from the club.