Administrator Bob Young has prevented a possible player exodus at Vale Park by agreeing a long-term contract arrangement with the Football League.
Vale’s summer contracts were returned by the Football League as they were signed by Keith Ryder, who has still not completed his takeover of the club.
Young originally agreed rolling, weekly or monthly deals with the Football League but this sparked fears by manager Micky Adams that players may move on through freedom of contract.
So, Young has now amended the contracts to their original lengths and expects all players to sign them today.
Young told the Sentinel: “Micky was concerned about rolling contracts not having the same level of security.
“I think he is grateful for the commitment we have made until the end of the season. I believe all the players are willing to stay.
“I could understand if those players who thought they were secure for two years choose to look around, but I hope they won’t.”
*** SUPPORTERS CLUB URGENT APPEAL ***
A reminder that the Port Vale Supporters Club have launched an urgent appeal for help to prepare the ground for the new season. Volunteers and tradespeople are needed Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10, from 8am to 4pm, and Saturday, August 11 from 9am to 1pm. Fans can also help out between Monday and Friday of next week between 8am and 4pm.
Anyone wishing to help should contact Supporters’ Club Chairman Pete Williams directly on 07522 679886 or report to the Railway Paddock entrance of Vale Park during the dates and times listed and seek out groundsman Steve Speed or another member of the club’s staff. If you’re unable to find a member of staff then please call the club’s reception on 01782 655800 to ask for guidance.