Here’s a round-up of how some former Port Vale players are faring…
Chris Lines moves to Bath City
Former midfielder Chris Lines, who appeared for the Valiants between 2013 and 2015 has moved into the non-league. After a year with League Two Stevenage, Lines has moved back to the West Country after agreeing a deal with Bath City. Bristol-born Lines has strong ties with the area having played over 350 times for Bristol Rovers during two spells.
Lines told the Bath City media team: “I’ve played a lot of games, it’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve only had 4-5 different clubs and three or four of them mean travelling and being away from Bristol. I was lucky to be in Bristol for so long and playing for the club I supported. Travelling and being away from home, it gets to a point where I was always going to end up in the Bristol area somewhere. Come the end of last season it became more and more apparent that was what I was going to do.”
Mixed fortunes for Valiants at promoted Grimsby Town
Grimsby Town, who returned to League Two via the National League play-off final have released two former Valiants but offered a new deal to another. Danny Amos, who played a handful of game for Vale last season has been offered a new contract. However, midfielder Scott Burgess and defender Adam Crookes have both been released.
Amos is unlikely to be making a decision anytime soon. According to the Grimsby media, he is one of five players currently taking a well-deserved break in the Algarve after Grimsby’s success at the City of London stadium. According to the newspaper, Amos joined colleagues in a few renditions of Grimsby terrace chants in a local bar.
Scott signs up with AFC Halifax Town
Tom Scott, who spent a spell on the bench with Vale the season before last has agreed a new contract with Halifax. Scott, who has made one League appearance for Town, will act as competition for another former Vale keeper – Sam Johnson – who now has more than 250 appearances for the club.
Halifax manager Pete Wild is pleased about Scott’s signature. “Tom is a really, really exciting young keeper we’ve dropped on,” he told the official website. “He was at Man City last year, he came through (the ranks) there, was at Port Vale on loan last year as number two. He’s trained with is for a month and he’s been brilliant, a great lad, a really, really good keeper, and we’re buzzing to get him.”
Rodney links up with Rochdale
As we reported earlier this month, striker Devante Rodney has left Walsall and signed for League Two rivals Rochdale. Rodney left Vale Park in January for an undisclosed fee.
The striker told the official Rochdale website: “Last season didn’t go to plan for me so I’ve got a lot of fire in my belly for this season and now I really want to push on.”
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