Back of the queue: Ben Whitfield’s Port Vale future looks bleak

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Manager John Askey says that Ben Whitfield is at the “back of the queue” when it comes to forward places at the club.

Whitfield was transfer-listed alongside Connell Rawlinson in the summer and with Askey bringing in David Amoo and Rhys Browne to play in wide positions, Whitfield’s stock has fallen.

At the end of the season I told Ben that he wasn’t in our plans. Now with the forwards that we have got in, Ben is at the back of the queue, which he realises…

The youngster is on trial at League Two rivals Cheltenham Town and a move looks a strong possibility after Askey told BBC Radio Stoke that: “At the end of the season I told Ben that he wasn’t in our plans. Now with the forwards that we have got in, Ben is at the back of the queue, which he realises.

“So, he is trying to get himself a club.”

“We are looking to improve. I think Ben had scored three goals from open play so we are looking to improve that. You always have decisions to make as a manager on players. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t.

“It is never a personal thing. It is always just your opinion but hopefully Ben can get fixed up and have a successful career somewhere else.”

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