By John Baines: Port Vale have offered new deals to 16 of 20 players out of contract this summer.
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 terms to extend their stay at Vale Park.
Chris Martin, Phil Roe and Paul Marshall have not been offered contracts and are free to leave, while Ryan Burge has been placed on the transfer list.
Previously, manager Micky Adams had said he feared he could lose up to half of his first-team squad.
As yet, there has been no confirmation any player has agreed to sign the contracts offered, and those whose deals expire during the close season are able to move clubs on a free transfer.
Midfielder Griffith, winger Rigg and captain and top scorer Richards are among the names expected to attract interest from elsewhere.
Valiants players weren’t paid during March as the club fell into administration, but the fact Adams is in a position to offer contracts to the bulk of his playing staff will come as a boost to fans following Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder’s takeover of the club.
Vale have also announced that youth team coach Robert Page will step up to the role of first-team coach for the 2012/13 season.
Page’s promotion comes after Geoff Horsfield stepped down from the position last week and Adams described Page as “an asset”.
“I have worked with Robert both as a player and a coach, and I believe he will be an asset to the first-team set-up,” he told the club’s official website.
“Although he is just starting out in his coaching career, he has some progressive ideas and I am looking forward to working with him.
“As Rob has left the youth team set-up, we are now actively recruiting for a youth team coach.”