MARK Hughes is one of four players offered new deals by Accrington Stanley.

The defender has been sidelined since March with a hamstring tear, but has been a key figure in the Reds' defence over the last four and a half seasons at the club.

The 34-year-old joins Ben Barclay, Harvey Rodgers, and Harry Perritt in being offered new terms by John Coleman.

But Joe Maguire, Lamine Kaba Sherif, Jack Bolton, Reagan Ogle and Zehn Mohammed have all been released at the end of their current contracts.

After missing out on a late push for the League One play-offs, Coleman has a solid base to build on with 18 players remaining under contract for the 2021/22 campaign, with Dan Martin, Lewis Mansell, Liam Isherwood and Dion Charles all triggering contract extensions during the course of the 2020/21 season.

Meanwhile, the following loanees have returned to their parent clubs: Nathan Baxter, Jon Russell, Tariq Uwakwe (Chelsea); Paul Smyth (QPR); Ryan Cassidy (Watford); Mo Sangare (Newcastle) and Adam Phillips (Burnley).

A club statement read: "Five first team players have been released, whilst four have been offered new contracts.

"The club would like to wish those departing all the very best for the future."