Striker Adam Cambell and defender Michael Liddle are among six players to leave Darlington.
The club revealed their exits today, along with David Atkinson, Sean Reid, Jordan Watson and Dan Maguire.
Manager Alun Armstrong explained: “Those lads are leaving for other clubs, and we’d like to thank them for their service.
“However, their departures have now given me a great opportunity to look at bringing other players in – I have been talking to several players in recent weeks. We’re looking to move forward now as a club. I also expect the Football League clubs to be releasing more players than normal soon because the finances of most clubs are very tight.
“I am also in talks with other players at our club about extending their contracts.”
A former Newcastle United trainee, Campbell joined Quakers two years ago after leaving Morecambe, and scored 22 times including both goals in the FA Cup win at Swindon Town in November.
But Campbell wanted to leave and Gateshead are understood to be leading the race for his signature.
Striker Luke Charman, meanwhile, has agreed a contract extension, and Armstrong said: “Luke got stronger and better as the season went on, and he scored some fantastic goals for us, as everybody has seen. I’m sure that there are more to come.
“He’s proved that he’s got plenty of talent, and we believe that we can help him return to full time football.”