Birchall: I'll play for Vale for free

Birchall: I'll play for Vale for free

Former Vale winger Chris Birchall has offered to play for the club for free, the Sentinel has revealed.

The Trinidad and Tobago International is the club’s most capped International with 22 full caps and is the only person to appear at a World Cup finals whilst a Port Vale player. After rising through the junior ranks at Vale, he made 91 appearances and scored nine goals, before a £325,000 move to Coventry City, then managed by current Vale boss Micky Adams.

Birchall was released by MLS side LA Galaxy in December and he told the Sentinel: “I’ve got a few things in the pipeline and one of those may happen in April or May.

“I spoke to Micky Adams and said that if he needs my services until then I’d be more than happy to help out.

“I’d play for free because I live locally, it would keep me fit and the club means a lot to me. But it’s about whether Micky thinks I’d benefit the team.

“We have a good relationship because I played under him at Coventry and Brighton. I would only do this for him.

“I don’t like to see the club struggle in terms of a lack of bodies and finances so if I can help, I will.”

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