Port Vale sign striker Martin Paterson

Port Vale sign striker Martin Paterson

Port Vale have officially announced the signing of experienced striker Martin Paterson.

There is no information on the length of the contract agreed with the player who most recently played for Blackpool.

A press release from Port Vale stated:

We are delighted to announce the signing of Martin Paterson.

The 29 year-old has been training with the first team and has today put pen to paper to sign for the Valiants.

Paterson, who was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, began his career at Stoke City, before impressing on loan at Grimsby Town , where Scunthorpe United then signed him in 2007.

Martin then went on to score 14 goals, which led to Burnley paying £1 million for him in 2008 and his 19 goals helped fire them into the Premier League.

Four years later at Turf Moor, the striker moved to Huddersfield for two years, also spending time on loan at Bristol City , Fleetwood Town and Orlando City during his time with the Terriers.

He then joined Orlando on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015, but moved quickly on to Blackpool where he spent last season.

Elsewhere, Paterson is a Northern Ireland international, earning 22 caps and scoring three goals during his time with the national side.

The striker will now link up with his new team mates at Vale, becoming the 16thsigning of a busy summer.

He will wear the number 13 shirt and will look to compete for a place upfront alongside Anton Forrester, Alex Jones and Rigino Cicilia.

Player Factfile

Name: Martin Paterson
Age: 29
Clubs: Stoke City, Scunthorpe Utd, Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Blackpool
Loan: Grimsby Town, Bristol City, Fleetwood Town, Orlando City
International caps: 23 (3 goals)
Career games: 287
Career goals: 65

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