Time at club: 2015-2017
The experienced and tall right-back joined on a two-year deal in June 2015 following the departure of Freddie Veseli.
Purkiss started his career at Sheffield United and was released by Walsall in the summer of 2015.
He made his full debut in the 0-0 draw with Crewe in August 2015.
He was a joint captain during the 2016-17 season but turned down a contract offer in the summer as he opted to join Swindon Town.
- Port Vale sign Anthony Kay as Ben Purkiss moves to Swindon
- Team news: two changes for Port Vale at Fleetwood
- Purkiss: everyone understands the situation
- Vote: who should partner Nathan Smith in central defence?
- Skipper Ben Purkiss still confident of beating relegation scrap
- Captain Ben Purkiss says players were "not fit enough" under Bruno Ribeiro
- Team news: Brown makes two changes as Purkiss returns
- Trio set to return for Vale's must-win game against Walsall
- Meet the Port Vale players in the club shop on Tuesday
- Purkiss could return but Forrester and Jones may not be risked
- Ribeiro: joint-captains have been fantastic
- Port Vale's defence is currently the meanest in the entire Football League
- Ribeiro is very happy that Vale won with good football
- Bruno Ribeiro names three Vale players as joint captains
- Port Vale trio are doubtful for Rochdale game
- Digest: 500-up for Paynter, Smith joy, cut-price Irons
- Purkiss: Second goal knocked "the stuffing out of us"
- Purkiss: Wage cuts comments are "unsettling"
- Purkiss "really looking forward" to Walsall return
- Driving to watch Vale in action– make sure your car's up and running
- Port Vale sign defender Ben Purkiss
- Ben Purkiss
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