Crewe Alexandra: Steve Phillips among five players released

Veteran Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Steve Phillips is among five players being released by the League One club.

Phillips, 36, has played more than 600 games in a career spanning nearly 17 years, but has not played since October because of injury.

Defenders Kelvin Mellor and Mark Ellis, midfielder Abdul Osman and forward AJ Leitch-Smith are also leaving.

Crewe have also confirmed that they are talking to forward Byron Moore over a potential contract extension.

Steve Phillips' playing career

  • 1998-2006: Bristol City 306 (3) games
  • 2006-2010: Bristol Rovers 165 games
  • Aug-Nov 2009: Shrewsbury (loan) 11 games
  • 2010-2014: Crewe (initial loan) 120 (2) games

Moore, 25, who came through the club's youth system, has made nearly 300 appearances.

Former Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town keeper Phillips, who was also the Alex's goalkeeping coach, signed in July 2010.

He had been contemplating retirement at the end of this season after damaging his shoulder. - and is to take up a coach with the Academy at Premier League runners-up Liverpool.

Mellor, 23, who has been with the club since 2009, turned down a potential move to a Championship club in July 2012.

Former Bolton trainee Ellis, 25, signed from Torquay following promotion two seasons ago, made 40 appearances for Crewe as they secured their place in League One for another season in 2013-14.

Ghanaian Osman, 27, ends his two-year stay at Gresty Road while 24-year-old Leitch-Smith, another graduate of the club's academy system, who has been linked with League Two club Cheltenham Town, scored 19 times in 103 league games.