Nathan Smith contract reaction: “one of the best Vale stories for many years…”

A selection of thoughts from the OVF forum and social media on the news that Nathan Smith has signed a new three-year contract.

Comments from the OVF forum

“This is one of the best stories to emerge from Vale in many years. To sign up our own youngsters for three years sends out a clear message. Well done Nathan for playing so well that you almost demanded a good deal and well done Smurf and Bruno for not messing around and making this happen…”

Essex Vale

“Wow until 2020 as well,when do we ever do that… Smurf needs massive credit here…”


“Excellent news, good to see the player rewarded and that he’s also shown some loyalty and not held out to see what better may come next year. Now if the right offer for player and club comes in it will be on our terms if he moves on…”


“Brilliant news, quality player now on a long contract. Brilliant well done Smurf…”


“Excellent news. Well done, Smurf! This will really encourage all those other budding youngsters in our youth set up. So, while we’re all thanking the chairman, agent and player, a big thanks must go to Mick Edes and all the other staff who spotted Nathan’s talents and nurtured him to this point…”


“Great bit of business , shows really good intent , well pleased with this…”


“Great news both for the club and the player. He should learn his trade with the Vale and then, if progress continues to be made I will be happy for the lad to move without being ripped off by the buying club. Smurf deserves a lot of credit for this astute bit of business. Let’s celebrate with a victory on Saturday.”

Class Personified

“Well done Norman, and impressed with Nathan and his agent for thinking of his development and not just a quick buck. Would be delighted to see him go and play at a higher level, means he will have done the business for us…”

Bald Eagle

“Well done Smurf and Nathan for your loyalty now let’s all get behind the club and fill the ground…”

Newchapel Valiant

“Superb news. Another piece of the emerging jigsaw in place. Well done all concerned.”


“Brilliant news, credit to Smurf & credit to Smith himself for putting pen to paper and not being greedy…”

Sam Kelly’s Left Boot

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