Chester manager and Vale legend Jon McCarthy says he’d “love nothing more” than to see Ryan Lloyd break into the Port Vale side next summer.
The 22 year-old midfielder turned down a two and a half year contract offer from Southport to stay on loan with Chester and McCarthy says the player’s form will attract interest. He told the local media: “We’ll have another battle to keep him in the summer but people must realise there’s a host of clubs interested in Ryan and he’s chosen to stay here.
“Southport offered him a two-and-a-half year contract so we did our best to get as close as we could to what they offered. We showed Ryan he was keen and I think he was keen to keep his options open for the summer.”
The Chester manager says Lloyd’s play deserves wider recognition commenting: “I hope Port Vale recognise what he’s doing and they give him his chance next season because I’d love nothing more than things to work out for the lad and for him to play at that level.”
However, it remains doubtful whether Lloyd would be offered a further contract in the summer. The midfielder has been a professional at Vale Park since 2010 but in six years he has made just two starts and sixteen sub appearances as he failed to cement a regular place in the starting eleven.