Is Billy Reeves set to seal Chester loan move?

Billy Reeves could become one of the first players to be loaned out by Port Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro.

Youngster Billy Reeves has been named in Chester City’s last two friendly squads. Chester are managed by former Vale hero Jon McCarthy who saw Vale’s Ryan Lloyd have a loan spell with the club last season.

Reeves is under contract with the Valiants so his involvement with Chester is likely to be because the National League side want to assess him ahead of a potential loan move.

Vale are keen to reduce squad numbers and have already said that they will loan out a number of players. Reeves is unlikely to make the Vale first-team this season and would benefit from regular first-team football.

Reeves is seen as one of the club’s most impressive young talents after an impressive loan spell at Witton Albion and some strong performances for the reserves last season. His form meant he was one of just two first-year professionals (the other being Omar Haughton) to be granted a contract extension.

Vale would hope that a spell in the National League would enable Reeves to perhaps emulate the form shown last season by defender Nathan Smith. Smith went on loan to Torquay and won the young player and senior player of the year awards and is now tipped to break into the Vale first-team.