They may only have been here for a short time but which loan signings made the biggest impact at the club?
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No list of successful Port Vale loanees can be complete without the name of the Everton and Wales legend. A yougn Southall joined Vale during the 1982-83 season and played nine times in Port Vale’s promotion season. Southall was also capped by Wales during his time at Vale Park. In some Vale fans’ opinion, including this fan, despite his brief spell, he was the finest keeper seen at Vale Park in decades.
An impressive tally of six goals in just nine appearances makes Killen a strong contender for one of the most successful outfield loanees at the Valiants. Killen arrived at loan from Manchester City in 2001 and despite the brevity of his stay he finished as the fouth-highest scorer that season.
A player who had not one but two successful loan spells, Lowe is a certainty for this list. His first spell in 1992 brought two goals from nine games, his second, two years later, brought a further five goals and helped the Valiants to promotion.
The second player on our list to have two successful loan spells, Sealy’s first spell in 1980 brought in six goals while his second was even more impressive with four goals in six games. Sadly, his wage demands proved too much to secure a permanent transfer.
An impressive central defender, Clarke joined the Valiants for a three month spell in 2003. It was a tough call between Clarke and another centre half Kevin Scott for the final loan place but Clarke was also instrumental in club stalwart George Pilkington joining (Clarke recommended Vale to his former Everton teammate) so he just edges it.