We are going to lose him – Port Vale prepare for life after Nathan Smith

Port Vale manager John Askey says the club expects to lose young defender Nathan Smith after interest in the out of contract star from clubs in higher divisions.

Smith is the only out of contract Port Vale player yet to commit himself to the Valiants.

My mindset is, that we are going to lose him and have to look around to try to get a replacement. I don’t want to be waiting and waiting…

Manager Askey told BBC Radio Stoke: “I suppose he just wants to see what is out there and try to prove himself at a higher level.

“We would have loved him to have stayed, and we think if he did stay then, as a football club, he could end up playing at a higher level… my mindset is, that we are going to lose him and have to look around to try to get a replacement. I don’t want to be waiting and waiting and then Nathan signs somewhere and we haven’t got somebody lined up.”

Who's going where...

A thorough update of Port Vale signings and contract updates over the summer of 2020.

Eligible for Contract Extension

Port Vale midfielder Luke Joyce

Luke Joyce


Already Under Contract

Scott Brown

Scott Brown
Under contract to 2021

Leon Legge
Under contract to 2021

Tom Pope
Under contract to 2021

Adam Crookes
Under contract to 2021

Ryan Campbell-Gordon
Under contract to 2021

Dan Trickett-Smith
Under contract to 2021

Alex Hurst
Under contract to 2021

Manny Oyeleke
Under contract to 2021

David Worrall
Under contract to 2022

James Gibbons
Under contract to 2022

Scott Burgess
Under contract to 2022

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