Defender John McCombe has welcomed increased competition for places in the Vale squad and says that “the squad definitely seems to be getting stronger.”
McCombe, player of the year in 2010/2011 told the Sentinel newspaper: “The squad definitely seems to be getting stronger,” he said.
“Obviously, we lost three influential players in Marc Richards, Anthony Griffith and Sean Rigg and we would probably have kept them if we could.
“But we’ve brought in six or seven new lads and they all have experience of this level or higher. So we know the squad is improving all the time and I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on when the season starts.
“We should be looking at promotion this time, definitely.
“We should have had a better go at it before, but we seem to have under-achieved for one reason or another.”