Rumour: Chorley beat Port Vale to sign Fleetwood defender?

The Blackpool Gazette claims that Port Vale lost out to non-league outfit Chorley when trying to sign a veteran Fleetwood defender.

According to the Gazette, defender Steven Jordan, 34, is set to join National League North side Chorley when his contract runs out at the end of the month.

It is understood Town’s League One rivals Port Vale tried to snap up Jordan…

However, the Gazette also claims that “it is understood Town’s League One rivals Port Vale tried to snap up Jordan and Pressley says the location of Matt Jansen’s Lancashire club [Chorley] probably helped to lure the ex-Manchester City defender [in preference to the Valiants].”

The move has echoes of the decision made by Richard Duffy to turn down a Vale contract offer and join non-league Eastleigh instead. Ironically, Duffy’s decision to leave means Vale are short of experienced central defenders.

However, it should also be noted that it is unclear who (if anyone) at Vale was targeting Jordan. Was it former manager Rob Page or recent appointment Bruno Ribeiro or one of his coaching team? It should also be stressed that this is only a rumour without any quotes from the Valiants to back up the claim.

Jordan started his career with Manchester City and has played over 250 league games including 22 games for Fleetwood last season.