Port Vale: Owen and Murphy leave the club
DEFENDER Gareth Owen and midfielder Darren Murphy have left Port Vale by mutual consent.
Owen, who grew up in Cheadle, has only made one start this season but has played a vital role in his job as PFA representative.
The 30-year-old was at the centre of negotiations on behalf of the squad when prospective owner Keith Ryder's takeover deal collapsed and 18 players were left without contracts.
Only Dave Artell left the club after temporary deals were drawn up and covered by the club's administrators following long and complicated talks.
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On the pitch, Owen made 129 appearances after signing from Stockport County, initially on loan, in November 2008.
Murphy, aged 27, joined in the summer and has only made three outings for Micky Adams's side, including two from the bench.
STRIKER Lee Hughes has officially joined the club this morning after he passed a medical at Vale Park.
The 36-year-old left Notts County by mutual consent yesterday and becomes Vale's third signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Chris Birchall and Darren Purse.
Like Birchall and Purse, he has agreed a deal until the end of the season.