In a massive boost to the club’s preparations for the new season, the Valiants have announced the double signing of midfielders Danny Sonner and Tony Dinning.
The news was conveyed to supporters by text message this morning and then confirmed by an announcement on the official club website.
The signings will give the club a massive boost as Dinning and Sonner were hugely impressive in partnership last season and give a much-needed experienced spine to the side.
Sonner has reportedly agreed a one year deal while Dinning has signed up for two years.
Rough Guide to Danny Sonner
The vastly experienced Northern Ireland International midfielder initially signed on a month’s loan from Peterborough United.
He started his career at hometown club Wigan Athletic before high profile moves to Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.
A neat passer of the ball, the hard working midfield battler has been in and out of the Posh side this season, although he has appeared for Northern Ireland this season – starting the 0-0 draw with Switzerland to earn his seventh cap.
He agreed a new deal on the 15th March that enabled him to stay with the Valiants for the remainder of the season and amid much speculation, has completed a free transfer to Vale Park at the start of June.
Danny Sonner Factfile
Date of Birth: 09.01.1972
Previous Clubs: Wigan, Burnley, Preussen (Germany), Sheff Wed, Ipswich, Birmingham, Walsall, Nottm Forest, Peterborough
Loan Clubs: Bury, Port Vale
Signed for Vale: 20.02.2005-08.05.2005 and 01.06.2005
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 ressurect his career.
He made his debut in Vale’s away draw with Hull City and scored three goals in just seven loan games. To the delight of Vale fans he agreed a permanent Vale switch in June.
Tony Dinning Factfile:
Date of Birth: 12-04-1975
Clubs: Newcastle, Stockport, Wolves, Wigan, Bristol City
Loan Clubs: Wigan, Stoke, Walsall, Blackpool, Ipswich, Bristol City
Signed for Vale: 23.3.2005-08.05.2005 and 01.06.2005