Retained lists: Notts County release former Port Vale duo

Relegated Notts County have released two former Port Vale defenders as they move into the National League.

Richard Duffy and Dan Jones are two of twelve players to be released by County.

Both Duffy and Jones were members of Port Vale’s promotion-winning side of 2013 but they left the club under radically different circumstances.

After a switch from right-back to centre-back, Duffy established himself as a first-choice and made 151 appearances before rejecting a new Vale contract in favour of a two-year deal with Eastleigh. However, Duffy had a change of heart and left Eastleigh without making an appearance in order to spend three years at Notts County where he made 119 appearances.

Left-back Dan Jones left Vale in far more controversial circumstances. In April 2014, Jones was sacked by the club after a training ground incident left captain Doug Loft with facial injuries. Jones moved on to Chesterfield before joining Notts County in 2017.

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Cheltenham Town has announced that striker Tyrone Barnett has been released. The 33 year-old veteran was signed by former manager Michael Brown in 2017 but after an injury-hit first season he was transfer-listed by Brown’s replacement Neil Aspin.

Grimmer leaves Coventry City

Former Port Vale loanee Jack Grimmer (right) is one of a number of players who has been released by League One side Coventry City. Grimmer joined Vale on loan in 2014 making thirteen appearances and scoring once before returning to parent club Fulham. The Scottish defender, now 25, made sixty six appearances for the Sky Blues.

Lines leaves Bristol Rovers

Former Port Vale midfielder Chris Lines has been released by League One side Bristol Rovers. The veteran had made almost 350 appearances for Rovers over two spells. Lines joined Vale in 2013 from Sheffield Wednesday and made 71 appearances, scoring four goals during a two-year spell in the Potteries.

Boston United release former Vale striker

Forward Jordan Slew, who once commanded a £1m transfer fee, has been released by National League North side Boston United. Slew was signed on loan by former Vale manager Micky Adams in 2014 and scored twice in nine games. However, the striker was dropped after being sent-off in a match against Fleetwood Town and never played for the Valiants again. Since leaving Vale, Slew dropped into non-league with a spell at Radcliffe preceding his move to Boston. The 26 year-old scored twice in fourteen games for the club.

Alex Jones departs Bradford City

Alex JonesFormer Birmingham City loanee Alex Jones (right) was one of the few bright spots of Vale’s awful 2016-17 season. The forward netted nine times in the first-half of the season but then controversially turned down a permanent move to Vale Park in favour of a switch to Bradford City. However, after ten goals in two seasons, Jones has now one of a number of players to be released by the Bantams.

Burton release McCrory

Former Vale loanee Damien McCrory, who spent two loan spells with the Valiants in 2008 and 2009 has been released by League One side Burton Albion. The Irish defender had made over 200 appearances for the Brewers during a seven year stay with the club.

Loft leaves Shrews

Former Port Vale skipper Doug Loft has been released by League One side Shrewsbury Town. Loft skippered the Valiants to promotion in 2013 but left to join Gillingham in 2014. In recent years, the veteran midfielder has been hit with injuries although ironically one of his five appearances for the Shrews came against former club Vale earlier this season.

Former Vale duo depart Swindon

Marc RichardsFormer loanee Jak McCourt and striker Marc Richards (right) have been released by Swindon Town. McCourt made just two appearances during a loan spell in 2015. Richards’ spell was far more significant as the forward scored 75 times in just over 200 games for the club. Richards was close to rejoining Port Vale in the January transfer window but the move was not completed.

Grimsby Town release Hooper

Former Port Vale striker JJ Hooper has been released by Grimsby Town at the end of the season. Hooper scored ten times in 51 games for the Vale.

Foley departs Northampton

Sam Foley, the former Port Vale midfielder has been released by Northampton Town. Foley spent a two year spell with the Valiants.

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