The Valiants have snapped up experienced midfielder Mark Innes after he was released by League One rivals Chesterfield.
The left-sided midfielder or defender has joined the club on a one month contract.
The 26-year-old’s name was circulated earlier this month as being available for loan or free transfer, but after being unable to secure a move he had his contract terminated by Chesterfield by mutual consent on Tuesday.
Innes made 78 appearances for the Spireites in just over three years, scoring two goals, after joining from Oldham Athletic.
“Mark was squeezed out at Chesterfield but I think he may do a job for us,” said Port Vale manager Martin Foyle.
“He is a left-sided midfielder and once we are safe from relegation I’ll throw him in and take a good look at him.”
Rough Guide to Mark Innes
A pacy and hardworking Scottish midfielder, Innes graduated from Oldham’s junior ranks, making his senior debut against Burnley in 1997.
After making 50 games for the Latics Innes moved on loan to Chesterfield as part of the deal which took David Reeves in the opposite direction.
He possesses a sweet left foot, enabling him to play either on the wing or full back.
But after some injury problems and falling out of favour this season, Innes’ name was circulated by Chesterfield, before his eventual release in March 2005.
Mark Innes Factfile:
Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland
Clubs: Oldham, Chesterfield
Clubs on Loan: Chesterfield