His time may have been brief but we reckon the quality of Lee Sinnott’s best signings may surprise one or two…
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A reliable performer for five years at the club, “Boom” was signed by Sinnott in the summer of 2008. The central defender would go on to play 211 games for the club, score 16 goals, win a player of the year award and help the club to promotion in 2013. Not a bad record, we reckon.
A player who divides opinion to this day, but nevertheless long-serving Dodds was first brought to the club by Sinnott. He scored on his debut and hit 56 goals in 336 appearances during his first eight-year stay with the club. Dodds also helped the club to promotion in 2013 and returned for an ill-fated loan spell in 2018. He made a total of 349 appearances for the club.
Another player who divided opinion, it’s fair to say that, when fit, Taylor was an electrifying presence on the left flank. He was signed from Nuneaton Borough after a trial. Sinnott’s successor Dean Glover didn’t favour him but Taylor found arguably his best form when Micky Adams replaced Glover. Adams pushed Taylor upfront and was rewarded with ten goals in 2009-2010 season. Sadly injuries hindered Taylor’s Vale career and he left for Mansfield in 2014.
Like Dodds, another consistent presence in recent years was that of midfield destroyer Griff. Signed from Doncaster Rovers in 2008 he totalled over 200 appearances during three spells with the Valiants. In doing so, he picked up a player of the year award and played a part in the promotion of 2013. Fans may argue over his talent but his dedication and effort was never in doubt.
OK, it does get more tricky after the fourth choice. We’ll discount Kyle Perry and Chris Slater shall we? However, Howland was a reasonably decent midfielder and considering Sinnott had just one summer to make signings, four good signings isn’t bad. Our fifth choice didn’t pull up any trees, but he wasn’t an awful signing, making 65 appearances and scoring four times.