Pope admits his Vale future is in doubt

Pope admits his Vale future is in doubt

It is sad but perhaps not unsurprising that Tom Pope has told the Sentinel that he may have to move elsewhere if he is offered a substantial paycut by the Valiants.

Chairman Norman Smurthwaite has commented that the club would be unable to meet Pope’s current wage demands, despite the striker hitting 66 goals and being player of the year for the last two campaigns.

Pope told the Sentinel: “I am 29 and at this stage of my career I can’t afford to be taking 45 or 50 per cent pay cuts.

I am 29 and at this stage of my career I can’t afford to be taking 45 or 50 per cent pay cuts…

“I would love to stay here until the end of my career. It is the club I have supported all my life and I have never had any thoughts of leaving.

“But I have a little girl and a family to look after and, at my age, I can’t afford to take pay cuts like that.

“As much as I love the club I have to start thinking about my family instead. If I was 18 or 19 it would be a no-brainer for me.

“We are not talking life changing money that I have been on. Just because I might be a top earner at the club people think I am on a lot of money.

“But it isn’t life changing. I will still have to go back to work when I finish my career. It is about earning whatever I can between now and then.

“If the club can’t budge, and nothing happens regarding the club’s situation between now and the end of the season, then I think I will have a difficult decision on my hands.”