Shrewsbury manager Paul Simpson has told five players that they do not have a future at the club.
The former Preston and Carlisle boss has opted against retaining Luke Jones, Colin Murdock, Jimmy Ryan, Martin Riley and Michael Barnes for next season.
Jones, Murdock and Ryan were all out of contract this summer while on-loan Manchester United winger Barnes will not be kept on.
Former Wolves defender Riley has been released without a first-team appearance after an injury-hit trialist spell.
"It's one of the worst days a manager can have in a season when they have to say to players that they are not part of their plans," said Simpson.
"It's no slight on them and I hope they come back and haunt me because I wish them all the best for the future.
"They all have a part to play in football, but not a part at Shrewsbury Town at this moment in my opinion."
However, in brighter news for the club goalkeeper Jasbir Singh has agreed a 12-month deal.