Port Vale’s League Two rivals Grimsby release nine players



Port Vale’s League Two rivals Grimsby Town say the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus crisis played a part in their decision to release nine of their out of contract players.

The Mariners have announced their retained list – and revealed those released are Bradley Garmston, Harry Davis, Brandon Buckley, Elliott Whitehouse, Elliot Grandin, Jake Hessenthaler, Harry Cardwell, Ahkeem Rose and Jordan Cook.

Grimsby chairman, Philip Day told his club’s official website: “It is never an easy time for any manager, informing players out of contract about their future. There may have been players that we would have liked to have offered contracts to for next season, however, the current financial implications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made this an incredibly difficult situation.”

Port Vale announced their own retained list last week, offering deals to seven players and releasing six.

The suspension of football has affected clubs financially, particularly in the lower divisions where they rely more heavily on gate receipts.

League Two clubs have agreed to scrap their remaining fixtures, apart from the play-offs, and settle the season on points per game average.

The majority of clubs also agreed not to relegate anyone this season, but the EFL have subsequently stepped in and said relegation should still take place.

Grimsby were among the minority of clubs who argued for relegation. 





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