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TOMMY WIDDRINGTON says he has no hard feelings after being axed by Port Vale boss Brian Horton on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old club captain has been shown the door along with Richard Eyre, Michael Twiss and Ville Viljanen. Widdrington joined Port Vale from Grimsby in 1999 and made 35 league appearances for The Valiants this term.

"I am obviously disappointed the manager didn't take me on, but there are no hard feelings," said the fiery midfielder. "I've made a lot of good friends at Port Vale and wish them all the best for the future."

Horton is now waiting to hear back from the players that were offered new deals on Tuesday. Leading-scorer Tony Naylor heads the list of those who have been approached, along with Allen Tankard, Michael Walsh, Alex Smith, Richard Burgess, Ashley Dodd and Paul Taylor.