League Two side Bury have mutually cancelled the contracts of five players, including Gareth Roberts.
Defender Roberts, 35, played 13 games for the club and was named captain by previous boss Kevin Blackwell.
Marlon Jackson, Jessy Reindorf, Euan Holden and Shaun Harrad have also all departed Gigg Lane.
Manager David Flitcroft has brought in defenders James Burke, Frederic Veseli, Pablo Mills and Robbie McIntyre during the January transfer window.
He will now look for further reinforcements, having stated he wants to add players with "game knowledge".
Roberts was signed in the summer, along with 23-year-old Jackson, who made nine appearances and American Holden, 25, who played six times.
Harrad, 29, joined from Northampton in 2011 and played 44 times, while Rwandan Reindorf, 22, played five times, scoring twice.