Carol Shanahan says offering new deals to seven out-of-contract players shows Port Vale’s determination to build on this past season.
The regular League Two season was ended by a vote on Tuesday and most clubs have offered fewer deals to try to cut costs until the game can return.
But Vale have made offers to David Amoo, Shaun Brisley, Rhys Browne, Mark Cullen, Tom Conlon, Cristian Montano and Nathan Smith to try to keep together the majority of the squad that has finished just one point outside the play-off places.
Vale had been in relegation fights for the previous three years so a tilt at the play-offs represents hugely encouraging progress in manager John Askey’s first full season and Carol and husband Kevin’s first year as owners.
The club will also be adding new signings when they have some certainty about next season, but in the meantime want to keep the majority of the squad together.
Carol Shanahan explained: “It was a very thought out decision. Looking at our cash flow and what we could commit to, we had to take a decision. Do we cut the costs down to the minimum and then hunker down, wait for the storm to pass and then start to rebuild a new squad. Or, did we invest in our core?
“We had worked really hard, and had built that team spirit, and we could see where the players are gelling and we can look after them. Also we had the furlough scheme in place.
“So, we decided to invest in these players, maintaining the core was the best thing for the club because it gave us the greatest chance to hit the deck running when next season starts.
“We didn’t want to have to wait for a long time for the team to coalesce. We want to bring in an established squad with additions, rather than creating a new squad.”
John Askey expects the majority of the players offered new deals to sign. Under EFL rules, players have until next week to accept or decline, a month after the deals were officially offered.