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Play-Off Losers Offer New Contracts To Several Players

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Vanarama National League Promotion finalists Tranmere Rovers have offered new contracts to a number of their first-team squad for 2017/18.

Cole Stockton, Jake Kirby, Mitch Duggan, Luke Pilling and Evan Gumbs have all been offered new deals at Prenton Park, while Stephen McNulty’s contract has been extended by one year after the centre back activated an option in his current deal.

The club will also be making offers to Lee Vaughan, Liam Ridehalgh, Michael Ihiekwe, Lois Maynard and Adam Buxton, and first-year scholar Declan Drysdale has been offered his first professional contract.

Scott Davies, Jay Harris, James Wallace, James Norwood, Jeff Hughes, Ben Tollitt, Andy Cook, Connor Jennings, Andy Mangan, Adam Dawson, Darren Stephenson, Louis Almond and Eddie Clarke all remain under contract.

Adam Mekki, Iain Turner, Erico Sousa, Tolani Omotola, Sam Ilesanmi and Daren Askew have been released and are able to sign for new clubs.

Manager Micky Mellon said: “I’d like to thank the players leaving us for their time at the Club and wish them the best of luck for the future. They’ve all played a part in us achieving a club record points total this season. But we have to look to make changes to our squad, to improve in certain areas and this will free up some funds for us to try to do that.”

Meanwhile, second year scholars Callum Lucy, Tom Croughan, Udoyen Akpan, Jamie Heron, Kevin Cringle, Jack Fleming and Scott Medlen have also been released.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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