Port Vale look set to lose Jordan Hugill after manager Micky Adams told the Sentinel that “we look like losing out on him”.
The loss of Hugill will be keenly felt after Doug Loft, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Billy Knott also turned down contract offers.
Vale will feel particularly aggrieved about Hugill as the club have developed him from a reserve team player to a first-team squad member in little more than twelve months.
That is football. Yes I am disappointed, but after discussions with his agent it looks like he will be moving…
The loss could be even more acute if Hugill moves to an unnamed Scottish club as Vale will miss out on compensation for the player.
Adams told the Sentinel: “It is disappointing. After the part we played in the last year of getting him to where he is and getting him noticed, we look like losing out on him.
“That is football. Yes I am disappointed, but after discussions with his agent it looks like he will be moving.
“We spent a lot of time and effort with Jordan last season, but we will have to accept it. Nobody ever has to sign at a club. He obviously thinks it is better to move elsewhere, or his agent does.”
Other controversial exits
In 2004, Steve McPhee (right) decided to join Beira Mar – a move that saw Vale miss out on any compensation fee. The bitterness was only exacerbated when McPhee’s agent launched a foul-mouthed tirade telling the club that they could “stick their concerns up their a**e…”
In 2005, promising youngster Dave Hibbert moved to Preston with the tribunal only awarding Vale £35,000 for a player they had worked with for years in the club’s junior ranks.