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2021/2022

Port Vale

In


Aidan Stone (Goalkeeper, Mansfield Town); Lucas Covolan (Goalkeeper, Torquay United); Aaron Martin (Defender, Hamilton Academical); Dan Jones (Defender, Salford City); Lewis Cass (Defender, Newcastle United, Season-long loan); Malvind Benning (Defender, Mansfield Town); Ryan Johnson (Defender, Hartlepool United); Ben Garrity (Midfielder, Blackpool); Brad Walker (Midfielder, Shrewsbury Town); Tom Pett (Midfielder, Stevenage); James Wilson (Attacker, Salford City); Jamie Proctor (Attacker, Rotherham United)

Out


Dino Visser (Goalkeeper, released); Scott Brown (r) (Goalkeeper, Exeter City); Tom Scott (Goalkeeper, released); Adam Crookes (sp) (Defender, Grimsby Town); David Fitzpatrick (sp) (Defender, Altrincham); Mustapha Olagunju (Defender, Huddersfield Town, Loan ended); Ryan Campbell-Gordon (Defender, Hanley Town); Shaun Brisley (sp) (Defender, Wrexham); Zak Mills (sp) (Defender, Walsall); Cristian Montano (r) (Midfielder, Livingston); Daniel Trickett-Smith (Midfielder, released); Luke Joyce (r) (Midfielder, AFC Fylde); Harry McKirdy (Attacker, released); Kurtis Guthrie (sp) (Attacker, released); Mark Cullen (Attacker, Hartlepool United); Tom Pope (sp) (Attacker, Congleton Town); Will Swan (Attacker, Nottingham Forest, Loan ended)

Darrell Clarke will succeed or fail on his own terms after taking over at Port Vale in February. His departure from Walsall and subsequent appointment at Vale Park left a sour taste in the mouth for some and he has continued to rub people up the wrong way as he looks to turn around the Valiants. A dreadful start was followed by a remarkable run of victories which sealed a mid-table finish last season. He then allowed a whole host of players to leave the club this summer, including popular goalkeeper Scott Brown, midfielder Luke Joyce and club legend Tom Pope. The striker has been claimed there wasn’t much honesty or loyalty in his last two years at the club. Clarke’s attitude is completely at odds with owner Carol Shanahan, who has shown herself to be one of the best in the EFL. It gives the Valiants some stability at least and Clarke’s task it to challenge for promotion. With so many players moving on he has had a busy summer of recruitment. Goalkeepers Aidan Stone and Lucas Covolan will fight it out for the No.1 jersey whilst central defenders Lewis Cass and Ryan Johnson join after winning promotion via the National League play-offs with Hartlepool United. The middle of the park sees the additions of Ben Garrity, Brad Walker and Tom Pett, who surprisingly opted to make the move from Stevenage. Strikers Jamie Proctor and James Wilson will be expected to bring goals after signing from Rotherham United and Salford City respectively and further additions are likely, especially in attack

Target


Play-offs. Clarke will be expected to deliver a top seven finish but it will take some time to get his new-look squad to gel.

Season Review
2020/2021

№13: Port Vale

It was another odd season in the Potteries as Port Vale finished in the bottom half of League 2. Carol Shanahan was the only owner in the EFL who voted with her conscious rather than in self-interest when the global Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to last season and 'points per game' was used to decide the final tables. It meant Port Vale missed out on a play-off place and if there is such a thing has karma, it certainly hasn’t worked quickly for the Valiants. John Askey kept most of his side together but they were unable to repeat the previous season’s form. In fact it tailed off alarmingly and Askey was sacked in January following a run of just win in 12. David Flitcroft was appointed Director of Football and his primary objective was to find Askey’s successor. Darrell Clarke was a surprise and underwhelming choice. His Walsall outfit were far from successful and he made a dreadful start, failing to win any of his opening seven games. With a relegation looming large, results took a surprise turn and the side won their next six games on the bounce. Clarke inherited a bloated squad and will be getting rid of the dead wood this summer. He has a strong spine to build from with defender Nathan Smith, midfielder Tom Conlon, winger David Worrall and striker Devante Rodney. A better showing will be expected next season.


Player of the Season: David Worrall

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