Port Vale’s League Two rivals Newport release all five out of contract players



Port Vale’s League Two rivals Newport County have released all five of their out of contract players because of the problems caused by the suspension of football.

Football was suspended in mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Premier League and Championship have returned behind closed doors over the last week but clubs in Leagues One and Two voted to end their season because of the cost of testing and bringing players and staff off the government’s furlough scheme.

Newport have released all five of the players who are due to be out of contract on June 30: Scot Bennett, Jay Foulston, Jamille Matt, Dominic Poleon, Momodou Touray.

The club told fans, via their official website: “We are not making any offers to our out-of-contract first team squad members due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, specifically the economic impact on the club, uncertainty of when we will return to playing football in front of crowds and not knowing when season 2020-21 will commence.

“We thank all the players leaving the club this summer for their efforts while with the Exiles and wish them well for the future.”

Versatile midfielder or defender Bennett and forward Matt were both important players in the Newport side this past season.

Clubs are waiting to hear when the 2020/21 campaign could begin but Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick has warned that some League Two sides can’t afford to start next season if games are behind closed doors.

Clubs are discussing ways of social distancing in grounds so they can be ready to admit supporters once government guidelines allow that.

One option that has been suggested is not to allow away supporters, so giving clubs more capacity to accommodate their own fans while social distancing.

Vale believe they could house supporters safely because they average crowds of around 5,000 in a 19,000 capacity stadium. But challenges include kiosks, toilets and enabling supporters to leave the ground at full time while social distancing.





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