Midfielder Anthony Griffith has signed for Port Vale for a third time, the club have confirmed.
Griffith originally signed for the club back in 2008 under manager Lee Sinnott. He fell out of favour under Dean Glover but was reinstalled in the side under Micky Adams and was named as player of the year in 2010.
He left the club in 2012 to join Leyton Orient but joined the Vale on loan in 2013, playing ten games as the club sealed promotion to League One.
Griffith had made no secret of his desire to return to the club and his tackling will add bite to the Vale midfield.
Vale games: 182+10
Vale goals: 2
A press release states:
I’m over the moon, I’m just glad something could be done…
Midfielder Anthony Griffith has re-joined Port Vale for a third time by signing a one-year contract with the Valiants.
The 26-year-old midfielder joins from League 1 rivals Leyton Orient and will link-up with his teammates ahead of the friendly against Championship side Derby County today.
Griffith said: “I’m over the moon, I’m just glad something could be done, it was in the process for a long time but these football deals tend to go on forever, which in the back of your mind you’re thinking is it going to happen?”
Midfielder Griffith joins Vale for a third time after originally joining in 2008 from Doncaster Rovers, the holding midfielder left last summer to join Leyton Orient then returned to Vale Park in March on loan to help the Valiants secure promotion back to League 1.
“I went back to Leyton Orient and got my head down and worked hard for the pre-season which was tough,” he said.
“I think Vale’s style of play suits me and I understand the management, when I joined it was a great place to grow as a player and turn a boy into a man.
“The attraction I got from the supporters as well was fantastic, you have to do the work on the pitch to get respect and that doesn’t just come in the first year, I had to keep chipping away in training.”