Injury-plagued Port Vale winger Lewis Haldane has announced his retirement from the game after failing to recover from a double fracture of his leg.
He has been a consummate professional and we’ve done everything in our power to help him to return to fitness, but the injury he suffered was too severe.
The pacy wideman had endured a wretched time with injuries since joining the Valiants.
Haldane initially signed on loan from Bristol Rovers in 2009 and scored his first goal in Vale colours in a 3-1 JPT win over Stockport County. His loan deal was then extended until the end of the season in January 2010 and he later agreed a permanent switch to Vale until the end of the following season.
Howver, the 2010/2011 season was a disappointment as he lost form and fitness after suffering an allergic reaction to an insect bite which sidelined him for several weeks in the summer.
Then, just after he’d recovered his fitness, he sadly suffered a double fracture to his leg during Vale’s JPT game with Tranmere in August 2011 and missed the remainder of last season.
Haldane told the Sentinel: “I’m devastated I’ve had to make this decision and it’s one I’ve thought long and hard about. I’d like to thank my family and friends for their continued support throughout the last couple of years, as well as the manager and the medical staff at Port Vale, in addition to all of the supporters. Everyone’s kind thoughts are appreciated.”
Vale manager Micky Adams added: “The thoughts of everyone at the club go out to Lewis. He has been a consummate professional and we’ve done everything in our power to help him to return to fitness, but the injury he suffered was too severe. This is a difficult time for Lewis and we are working with him to help him prepare for his future.”
In total, Haldane made 50 starts, plus 25 sub appearances scoring four goals.
OVF would like to thank Lewis for his efforts in a Vale shirt and wish him the very best for the future.