In this series we look back at players who only made a solitary appearance for the Valiants. This week we look at winger Brendon Daniels.
Brendon Daniels in numbers…
Not all non-league “punts” work out as Brendon Daniels will undoubtedly agree.
The Stoke-on-Trent born player returned to the Potteries in June 2018 after manager Neil Aspin signed him on a six month deal. Former Crewe winger Daniels had impressed at non-league Alfreton and Aspin said he “he is a local lad who is desperate to prove himself at this level.” Sadly for Daniels he never got that chance of a sustained run in the team.
The winger only had six months to impress and this wasn’t helped by being farmed out for two loans spells. First was a spell at Altrincham at the start of the season. He was then sent on a second stint which would take him to the end of his six month deal with Vale. Things were not looking great for any Vale first-team opportunities.
However, the rules of the Football League Trophy meant that Daniels could make his solitary senior appearance while still on loan (this time at AFC Telford). It was as a substitute in the Football League Trophy game away at Walsall. Daniels at least had the consolation of the Vale winning the game but those 35 minutes represented his only senior action for the club.
He was released in the New Year and opted to sign for Telford on a permanent basis as he dropped down to non-league once again.