Port Vale Sign Tony Dinning

The Valiants have boosted their midfield with the signing of the experienced Tony Dinning on loan from Bristol City.

Martin Foyle was seeking to add a new face to his squad after the news this week that Robin Hulbert will miss the rest of the season.

30 year-old Dinning has had spells with Wigan, Stockport and Wolves and with almost 350 career starts, he will add an experienced spine to the side alongside veteran Northern Ireland international Danny Sonner.

Dinning joins until the end of the season.

Rough Guide to Tony Dinning:
A versatile player who can play in defence as well as the midfield, Dinning begain his career at Newcastle United but moved on to Stockport without making a senior start.

He rose to prominence at Edgeley Park and after seven years he moved to Wolves in a £700,000 deal. He soon became unsettled at Moulineux and three years later moved to Wigan Athletic for £750,000.

In recent years he has become something of a loan ranger with spells at Stoke, Walsall, Blackpool, Ipswich and Bristol City before he agreed a permanent move to Ashton Gate in December 2004.

However, the player has been unsettled at the West County club and subject to some abuse by the crowd as his performances have suffered. He will no doubt see a temporary move to Vale Park as an ideal chance to resurrect his career.

Tony Dinning Factfile:
Born: 12-04-1975
Height: 5.11
Place of Birth: Wallsend
Clubs: Newcastle, Stockport, Wolves, Wigan, Bristol City
Loan Moves: Wigan, Stoke, Walsall, Blackpool, Ipswich, Bristol City
Games: 349+61
Goals: 52

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