Pilkington looking forward to Everton game

Pilkington looking forward to Everton game

New Vale captain George Pilkington has told the official Everton website that it would be “nice to prove a point” when the Valiants face the defender’s former club this weekend.

Pilkington spent eight years as a youth team player at Goodison Park before joining the Valiants on a free transfer. He is the reigning player of the year and club captain this season.

Looking ahead to the friendly clash against his former club, Pilkington told evertonfc.com

“It’s always nice to prove a point to an old club, so I’d love to put in a great performance.

“I know Everton wouldn’t be too fussed, though. It would make no difference to them, but it would be personally satisfying.

“You always hope you can make the breakthrough, but in the last year I was there I could read between the lines. There were a lot of players ahead of me, so in that final season I knew deep down that I was going to have to move on.

“If they don’t think you are good enough then you have to get on with it, that is the harsh reality.

“The way I was told was quite informal really. I went up to David Moyes after a training session and asked him where my future lay. In a round-about way he said they would be releasing me. I half knew it was coming, but I was still devastated. I loved the club, I still do.”

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