Port Vale manager Rob Page insists that striker JJ Hooper has a “bright future” at the club.
Hooper has found first-team chances limited since joining the club in the summer but Page told the Sentinel: “We made the decision to keep him and I think he showed glimpses again on Saturday of getting into good areas.
“Sam Kelly whipped a great ball in on Saturday and he was a yard off-side, but there is a bright future for him.
“AJ [Leitch-Smith] is on good form, so he is not going to play in front of him at the moment. But when JJ is given his chance, like everybody, it is over to him.”