Port Vale bring back former loanee to cover for central midfield injuries

Port Vale have announced the signing of former loanee Will Atkinson on a short-term deal. The former Mansfield Town player had a spell on loan with Vale in 2007 when he played as a winger.

Now more comfortable as a central midfielder he will provide cover for injured trio Manny Oyeleke, Callum Evans and Tom Conlon. With the pair injured, Vale only had Scott Burgess, Luke Joyce and Jake Taylor available as recognised central midfielders.

Port Vale are pleased to announce the signing and return of Will Atkinson on a short team deal.

Atkinson returns for a second spell at the club having joined previously on loan back in 2007 from then Premier League side Hull City.

The midfielder brings a vast amount of experience to the Vale, having played for the likes of Southend United, Bradford City, Mansfield Town and Rotherham, securing over 300 league appearances during his career.

Official Club Statement

Manager John Askey told the official club website: “He’ll add experience for a start, someone who is used to winning promotion and a bit of quality. He’s been a good player and still has plenty left him in. He’s been in now for about two weeks so we know all about Will, and he’s been at the club previously so he knows a bit about it as well.

“His best position is centre midfield and he’s a good footballer. He’s versatile, he can play wide right or wing back, right back, but he’s a good passer of the ball and an intelligent player.

“Will’s come in and looked really fit, he was in with Doncaster at the start of the season then they changed manager and didn’t take him on. Obviously he’s been left without the club but he looks fit and he’s a good pro again which is what we’ve been looking for.

“It was important, with Tom and Manny being injured, that we got another player in and Carol’s been supportive in doing that.”

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