Port Vale sign Kurtis Guthrie; the Valiants have announced the signing of Bradford City striker Kurtis Guthrie after he was released by Bradford City.
The news comes after Tom Pope suffered a broken arm in the midweek game against Sunderland. The veteran is expected to be ruled out for some time and it leaves Vale with just inexperienced Devante Rodney, transfer-listed Theo Robinson and Mark Cullen as central striking options.
Port Vale's January 2021 business
4 January 2021: Manager John Askey leaves the club after a string of poor results but the club say that signings will be made by interim manager Danny Pugh.
15 January 2021: Following his release by Bradford City, Port Vale announce the signing of striker Kurtis Guthrie on a deal until the end of the season. As a result, transfer-listed Theo Robinson is deregistered from the squad.
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An official statement said:
Port Vale Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of Kurtis Guthrie until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The Jersey born forward began his career in his native country with St Clement Sports Club at the age of eight and was in the first team by 2009, before joining Trinity in 2011, where after one season he earnt a trial with Accrington Stanley.
The 6ft 3 striker with over 50 career goals, netted against then Premier League Blackburn Rovers and secured a deal with the Stanley, having a short loan spell with Southport before beginning to battle for a place in the Accrington team.
He made further moves to Bath and Welling United before being signed by Forest Green Rovers in 2014, helping the Green Army reach the Conference Play-Off’s in back-to-back seasons.
Guthrie returned to the football league with Colchester United after spending two years at the New Lawn, with the forward netting his first career hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Carlisle United in 2017, earning a nomination for the January Player of the Month.
Guthrie, who featured and scored once for the England C Team in 2016, was picked up by Stevenage where he bagged 19 goals for the Boro and has featured for Bradford City so far this season.
“I wanted to come somewhere that I am wanted and that I feel is a good fit for me”.
“I’ve played wide, but I prefer to play through the middle. For a big guy, I’m quite mobile and can get in the channels and come short. I wouldn’t say there’s an all-out standout , I think my all-round game is well rounded.”
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Kurtis Guthrie Factfile
Height: 6 foot 3 inches
Clubs: Accrington Stanley, Bath City, Welling Utd, Forest Green Rovers, Colchester Utd, Stevenage, Bradford City
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