Departing Tom Pope is grateful for his Port Vale spell

Departing Tom Pope is grateful for his Port Vale spell

Port Vale supporter Tom Pope says he feels “lucky to have played as long as I did for Port Vale” after he left the club to join Bury.

Pope turned down an offer of a new contract in favour of a three-year offer from Bury and he explained his reasons to the Sentinel newspaper.

But this isn’t just for me it is for my family. I would have liked nothing more than to sign a new deal with Port Vale…

Pope commented: “It was massively difficult. Everyone who knows me knows I am a Vale fan and half my friends and family are season ticket holders.

“But this isn’t just for me it is for my family. I would have liked nothing more than to sign a new deal with Port Vale but the club have had to make a decision with season-ticket sales and their money coming in. What I was asked to take was too much of a cut, especially with lots of other clubs interested in me.”

“I feel lucky to have played as long as I did for Port Vale and achieved what we did.

“The lads there are brilliant and I hope Rob Page can kick on and have a successful season.

“I don’t want to fall out with anyone. The chairman has to look after the club and run it as close to a profit as he can to keep it going.

“But I can’t change the finances of the club so I have had to make the decision that is best for me and my family. I have no complaints about Port Vale.

“But now this is a new chapter in my career.”

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