Summer signing: Port Vale fans pay hard-earned money, we need to impress them

Port Vale newcomer Connell Rawlinson says the support of the Port Vale fans gives him “10-20 percent extra.”

Rawlinson was signed in the summer and has impressed enough to have earned a regular starting place in the Vale team.

Personally for me, it’s important to impress the fans because they come every week, they pay their hard-earned money and I think for us as a team, we should be looking to impress them every week regardless of results…

He told the official Port Vale website: “For me, coming through the Welsh system where the crowds aren’t the best – it gives me that 10-20 percent extra during games, like when you hear the fans roar or when the goal goes in.

“Personally for me, it’s important to impress the fans because they come every week, they pay their hard-earned money and I think for us as a team, we should be looking to impress them every week regardless of results.

“Having a good fanbase here – good travelling away fans always helps the lads on the field to dig in deep when needs be and to grind out results.”

Connell Rawlinson Factfile

Age: 27

Clubs: Chester City, the New Saints, Newtown (loan)

Birthplace: Chester

Height: Six foot one inches

Port Vale games: 10

Port Vale goals: 0

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