Port Vale: Micky Adams ready to talk new deals for star players
MICKY Adams will hold talks with several of his promotion-chasing stars in a bid to avoid losing them in the summer.
A number of key players are out of contract at the end of the season, and the Vale boss is aiming to tie them down to new deals before then.
Striker Tom Pope signed up again on Tuesday night, but 10 other players, including skipper Doug Loft and winger Ashley Vincent, could walk away in the summer.
"The next process is to sit down and talk to the players we want to keep beyond this season," said Adams.
"A lot of the players have two-year deals, so we don't need to worry about them, but others haven't.
"We've started with Tom, but there might be other players who will attract attention from other clubs.
"So over the next week or so, we'll discuss their future as well."
Ryan Burge, Louis Dodds and Sam Morsy are also nearing the end of their current contracts, along with Liam Chilvers, Kingsley James, Sam Johnson, Clayton McDonald, Ben Williamson and Adam Yates.
And Vale's recent transfer window recruits, Lee Hughes, Darren Purse and Danny Jones, also joined on short-term deals which expire at the end of the season.
"Some may see where we are in the table at the moment as an opportunity to strengthen their case in terms of negotiating new contracts, either here or somewhere else.
"We won't know that until we actually talk to people.
"But like all good football clubs, we need to plan not just for this season, but for next season as well."
Adams is confident he'll have the backing of chairman Paul Wildes when he starts negotiations, adding: "Paul has said if there are players who could be assets to the club, he'll try his best to keep them."
Adams endured a nightmare last summer with the club still in the grip of administration and a host of players out of contract and checking their out options elsewhere.
"I don't want another summer like I had last year," he added.
"A lot of players took the option of talking to other clubs and, because of the situation and the rules and regulations, we were waiting on several of them to commit to the club.
"It was a really frustrating time. At one stage, I thought I had lost a lot of them, but they decided to stay in the end.
"So this time, I want to be talking to players before the end of the season, so I can have a bit of a break."
Adams looks set to stick with the same team for the fourth game in a row at struggling Barnet tomorrow (3pm).
But he will first check on veteran trio Hughes, Purse and Chilvers, who are facing their third game in a week.
FORMER Vale defender Lee Collins looks set to sign for Northampton Town.
The 24-year-old, whose contract was cancelled by Barnsley last week, has already spent time on trial with the club.