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Which out of contract players should Port Vale retain?  

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  1. 1. Which out of contract players should Port Vale retain?

    • Nathan Smith
      111
    • Shaun Brisley
      95
    • Tom Conlon
      103
    • Cristian Montano
      108
    • Callum Evans
      9
    • Jonny Maddison
      48
    • Ryan Lloyd
      1
    • Mark Cullen
      98
    • Jordan Archer
      21
    • Kieran Kennedy
      4
    • David Amoo
      107
    • Rhys Browne
      40
    • Will Atkinson
      30


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Maybe in the current situation there’s a possibility to get ‘creative’ with contracts. The players are furloughed until October although I’m not sure that football in the lower leagues will be able to start by then. What options do a lot of players have in our league who are out of contract? There can’t be many clubs in League 2 who are in a great financial situation?

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4 hours ago, Diego Maradona said:

Maybe in the current situation there’s a possibility to get ‘creative’ with contracts. The players are furloughed until October although I’m not sure that football in the lower leagues will be able to start by then. What options do a lot of players have in our league who are out of contract? There can’t be many clubs in League 2 who are in a great financial situation?

Do you mean try and get them on the cheap because of the current situation?

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No. I’m not saying that. What I’m saying is that if I was a player in league 2 coming out of contract in June(and there’ll be many of them) which club in league 2 is going to be able to afford to sign me and pay my wages because it is highly likely that I’ve got a mortgage to pay etc. Now I’m no lawyer, but maybe a deal/contract ‘could’ be agreed that in these bizarre times that suits the cash strapped clubs and players that have bills to pay. Furlough ends at the end of October - keep them on til then but with the intention to extend when things get back to some kind of normality. Otherwise you may have situation where clubs don’t have players because they cannot afford them but need them to compete and players who have bills to pay but can’t get signed up. Certainly uncertain times! Maybe finance from the EFL/FA/Premier League.

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20 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

Mitch Clark has tweeted his thanks and goodbyes . 

Him and Gibbo are the best 2 prospects in the league as fullbacks IMO. I thought we looked much better with both of those in the side. 

 

@Diego Maradona you’re right it’s such a strange time and my guess is that players like Smith, Amoo, Cullen, Monty and Conlon would be ones that other clubs would pick up because of the amount of games they’ve played at this level (if they don’t sign with us). But as you rightly say things are so uncertain that it may be best for them to stay where they are anyway. No one has been in this kind of situation before so who knows how it will pan out for players like that. 

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I don’t know how much longer furlough will last. If a player becomes a free agent and doesn’t sign for a new club straight away then Vale have to pay them an extra months wage. Whilst we do not know how are finances are going to be for next season, then we will have to wait and see where we are. I’d keep the majority of players who’ve contributed to this years season, who knows they may have got us into the play offs or even promoted. It is for that reason I’d try and keep the  players many have listed on here. In relation to Brown and Archer, I’m not sure as we haven’t seen enough of them. JA said Browne needs a kick up the backside to get him concentrating on his game and he purchased Archer after a friendly to which I have to say he did stand out against the PVFC defence. If Forest would let us purchase Taylor and he wanted to come to us then I’d purchase him, if I had a choice of him or Clarke.

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