Port Vale: Contract talks put on hold by promotion prospects
VALE will delay contract talks with more than half-a-dozen players, including captain Doug Loft, until they know what division they will be playing in next season.
Loft, midfielders Ryan Burge and Sam Morsy, striker Ben Williamson and keeper Sam Johnson are among the players whose deals expire this summer.
Assistant manager Mark Grew confirmed planning the squad for next season will hinge on if the Valiants can win promotion.
"If you get promoted it's a different ball game with different finances," said Grew.
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"Nobody has spoken about contracts, we're just going to wait to see what happens.
"The lads are enjoying where they at the moment. Their minds are set to help Port Vale get promoted and we'll worry about contracts when the time comes."
Striker Tom Pope is a unique case in contract terms after triggering the offer of an automatic extension by scoring 15 goals this season, although he is yet to sign.
Versatile Loft says he is happy to stay patient as far as his long-term future is concerned and focus on helping keep Vale at the top of the League Two table.
The 26-year-old, who joined the club from Brighton in 2009, said: "I'm just concentrating on my football. I'm sure a lot will depend on whether we secure promotion.
"I love it here. I've been here a few years and this is the best season we've had. We've got new owners in and it's a club on the up, it's a good place to be."
Meanwhile, midfielder Kingsley James has joined Martin Foyle's Hereford United on a month's loan.
James's contract also runs until the summer, as well as central defender Clayton McDonald, who is out on loan at Bristol Rovers.
"Kingsley is a terrific lad to work with and he's desperate to play. I know he won't let Martin down," added Grew.