Time at club: 2000-2005
A powerful central defender who was signed on a free transfer from Bury by manager Brian Horton.
Soon he was a crowd favourite and was made club captain and won the Player of the Year award in his first season at Vale Park.
With Vale’s finances under pressure, he was controversially sold to Hull City in late 2005 as part of a double transfer alongside Billy Paynter.
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