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.
Port Vale Signings
July 6th 2020: John Askey says club are set to sign a new striker
July 7th 2020: Port Vale sign Devante Rodney on a three year contract
July 16th 2020: Port Vale sign Zak Mills on a one year deal
Aug 6th 2020: Port Vale sign Danny Whitehead on a two year deal
Aug 21st 2020: John Askey confirms talks with striker Nicky Maynard