Gavin Gunning

Neil Aspin hopes to extend deals for Gavin Gunning and Ben Whitfield

Neil Aspin hopes to extend deals for Gavin Gunning and Ben Whitfield

Manager Neil Aspin is hoping to get duo Gavin Gunning and Ben Whitfield tied down to longer deals.

26 year-old Gunning joined the club in the summer and initially signed a short-term deal until the New Year but has forged a place as regular first-choice left-back under Aspin.

So, that would be a positive step if we can make ground on that…

21 year-old Loanee Whitfield has been a creative spark in the side and Vale will be desperate to extend his loan deal from Bournemouth.

Commenting on Whitfield Aspin told the media: “I know that Bournemouth have a meeting this week and we should get a decision on that by the end of the week. So, that would be a positive step if we can make ground on that.”

On Gunning Aspin added: “He is a player that I would like to keep at the club for longer. The chairman has been away for a couple of weeks but he is back on Thursday so that needs to be sorted out because he has done well for me since I have been at the club.”

Vale are set for a busy January transfer window as Aspin bids to build a squad capable of securing League Two safety.

Gunning and Whitfield at Vale this season

Ben Whitfield: 18 games, 2 goals

Gavin Gunning: 24 games, 1 goal

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