Port Vale have confirmed that on-loan attacker Louis Dodds has returned to parent club Chesterfield. Dodds had been on loan for the season.
Dodds first joined the Valiants back in 2008 and scored on his debut. A skilful player with the ability to create and score goals, Dodds’ worth to the side was often a hot debate among supporters. However, Dodds played a key role in the side’s 2013 promotion from League Two with his deep lying role complimenting striker Tom Pope perfectly.
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The forward turned down a new contract offer from the Valiants in order to join League One Shrewsbury Town in 2016 but he found his chances at his new club limited. Nevertheless, he still managed to score against the Vale in a Football League Trophy clash.
After a move to Chesterfield proved unsucessful, hopes were high when Dodds returned to Vale Park on loan during the summer. Many fans were hoping that his successful partnership with Pope could be rekindled in the 2018-19 season. However, he failed to earn regular starting place and it no surprise that his spell has been brought to an end prematurely.
Despite his disappointing second spell, Dodds will still be fondly remembered after making almost 350 appearances for the club and scoring over fifty goals for the Valiants.
A official Port Vale FC club statement said:
Port Vale can confirm that Louis Dodds has returned to Chesterfield following his loan spell at Vale Park.
A popular figure around the club, Doddsy made a total of 17 appearances during his second spell at the club after joining early on in the transfer window last summer.
On his return to Port Vale the striker linked back up with captain Tom Pope with whom he’d played with in his first spell at the the club, and formed a formidable partnership alongside him. Doddsy proved influential in providing advice and guidance for some of the younger players, especially our upcoming defender James Gibbons.
We’d like to place on record our thanks to Louis for his efforts and commitment during his time here at Port Vale, and wish all the success in the future.