Port Vale release three

Port Vale have released three players and offered contracts to another thirteen as Rob Page rebuilds his squad.

The announcement will come as something of a surprise to many fans with most expecting more than three players to leave the club.

The details are as follows:

Offered deals

Michael Brown

The veteran has belied his years with some impressive performances in midfield.

Stats: 31+7 games | 6 goals

Mark Marshall

He enjoyed an outstanding first-half of the season and has generally been one of the side’s best performers.

Stats: 47+1 games | 7 goals

Michael O’Connor

One of the stand-out players of the season, the cultured midfielder is regarded by many as a key player.

Stats: 47 games | 5 goals

Tom Pope

He has been affected by injuries this season, but on his day he is by far the club’s greatest goal threat.

Stats: 177+18 games | 69 goals

Freddie Veseli

It was somewhat surprising that the cultured defender only joined till the end of the season after an impressive loan spell

Stats: 37 games | 1 goal

Nathan Smith

He hasn’t broken through to the first-team yet, but has enjoyed loan spells that should further his development.

Stats: 0 games | 0 goals

Ryan Lloyd

This was seen as a “make or break” season for the winger but he has largely failed to make an impact. It’s therefore a surprise that he has been retained.

Stats: 2+11 games | 0 goals

Chris Birchall

The winger is now approaching the veteran stage but he still netted three times last season.

Stats: 95+68 | 15 goals

Ryan Boot

The keeper is apparently highly regarded by the club but is behind Neal and Johnson in the queue

Stats: 0 games | 0 goals

Louis Dodds

The cause of much debate amongst fans – is he underused or an underacheiver?

Stats: 194+94 games | 48 goals

Sam Johnson

Started the season as first-choice but has largely been back-up for a consistent Chris Neal afterwards.

Stats: 24+2 | 0 goals

Ben Williamson

Very much a “marmite” player. A striker who possesses pace and power but who arguably doesn’t score enough.

Stats: 77+91 games | 28 goals

Adam Yates

The reliable right-back has had competition from Veseli this season.

Stats: 212+22 | 5 goals


Kaid Mohamed

After spending the majority of two seasons out on loan, it will come as little surprise that the winger has been released.

Stats: 3+5 games | 0 goals

Alex Nimely

The striker has more discipliary actions against him than appearances, so it is no shock that he has been released.

Stats: 0+1 games | 0 goals

Chris Robertson

The defender has failed to nail down a regular starting place during his two year spell with the club.

Stats: 67+4 games | 6 goals

Under contract

Chris Neal

Carl Dickinson

Ryan McGivern

Richard Duffy

Chris Lines

Colin Daniel

Byron Moore

Enoch Andoh

Achille Campion

Aziz Deen-Conteh