Chester FC manager Steve Burr will adopt a patient approach to strengthening his squad after confirming those players free to talk to other clubs.
Veteran full-back Gareth Roberts, centre-back Kieran Charnock and captain Matty Brown have not been offered new deals.
As with the other out-of-contract squad members, the trio have the option to come back in pre-season and earn themselves something for next season but for now are not in the manager’s plans.
England C midfielder Kingsley James has been offered terms but has not accepted them and the indication is he wants to leave, although the club will be entitled to a fee.
It is understood further discussions will take place with George Thomson while 19-year-old Tom Peers will be challenged to prove himself over the summer.
Burr said: “Gareth Roberts has done brilliant for us this season and Charny has done very well too but I’ve explained to them that I won’t be able to offer them anything at the moment.
“I want to see what becomes available and it may be nothing does and I’ll speak to them again, or it may be they get fixed up elsewhere and that’s part of football.
“Matty has been unfortunate with his injuries and he’s had a stop-start season. We’ll keep an eye on him and he’s got the option to come back in for pre-season.
“We’ve invited Ibby (Touray) to do the same and we’ll take it from there with him, and Jon (Viscosi) has gone home to Canada so I’ve told him to get in touch when he’s back, but that’s another situation we’ll look at.
“We put an offer to Kingsley a few months ago and we’ve not heard back from him. He’s our player and he’s under 24 so if a club comes in for him we will be entitled to something for him.”
Football League clubs this week began to publish retained lists and Burr revealed a number of free agents had taken his attention.
Matty Hughes could be one of those after Fleetwood Town decided not to offer the 22-year-old forward a new deal.
Burr will also be approaching those players he has previously identified as potential signings from the Vanarama Conference and below.
A new left-back will be high on the list of priorities for the manager given the decision not to retain Roberts so Sean Newton, who has been released by Lincoln City, and Scott Barrow, out-of-contract at Macclesfield Town, could appeal.
Burr said: “I’ve seen a few who might be of interest to us.
“The retained lists are coming out now and it means a lot of players are going to be exploring their options.
“I’m delighted with what we have kept from this season but I want to wait and make sure we get the right players in.”