Port Vale have announced that captain Doug Loft has turned down a new contract and is set to join Gillingham.
The news of Loft’s departure is a blow – but tempered by the signatures of Carl Dickinson, Chris Neal and Chris Lines.
Loft joins fellow midfielder Billy Knott in turning down the Valiants and it now looks like central midfield will be a priority for manager Micky Adams.
Adams told the official Port Vale website: “We thank Doug for his service in the last five years and I am sure he will be fondly remembered as the last captain to get a Port Vale team promoted.”
Doug Loft Vale Factfile
Born: 25th December 1986 (27 years old)
Signed: 22nd June, 2009
Honours: Player of the Year 2011, Club captain 2012, Promotion 2013