Port Vale have announced the signing of French centre forward Achille Campion on a loan deal from Swedish Division One side Norrby IF.
The move is subject to International clearance. Campion, who is described as a targetman, is aged 23 and was on trial at a number of English clubs this summer.
Campion and recent loan signing Jordan Slew will provide competition and cover for front pair Ben Williamson and Tom Pope.
The six foot two inches tall Frenchman appears to be a similar signing to that of the now departed Jordan Hugill. He possesses a physical presence but will be seen as a raw signing capable of being developed into a possible first-teamer.
Campion had a spell playing in the MLS and according to MLSsoccer.com’s coach report he is “very good with back to goal, holding ball up … got good size. Has some ability on ball … Injured a lot but when he was there he always produced goals … got some quality … Kid definitely scored goals when on field…”
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Vale’s French connection…
The first French player to appear in a Vale first-team was the extravagantly named defender Stephane Pounewatchy. A defensive crisis saw John Rudge sign the former Carlisle defender on loan from Dundee in September 1999. He played just two games before the loan was ended.
Vale’s only other French player also appeared in the same season as Pounewatchy. Striker Christophe Horlaville made just one start for the club, but one of his two sub appearances was against Liverpool in the League Cup!
Will Achille Campion make it a hat-trick of Frenchman to play for the Valiants?