Walsall newspaper the Express and Star says that Walsall player Rory Holden is currently training with the Valiants.
Rory Holden has left Walsall and is now training with Darrell Clarke’s Port Vale ahead of a potential deal, the Express & Star understands.
Holden, with his Saddlers contract coming to an end, had been invited back for pre-season after a year blighted by injury.
The Northern Irishman, however, is understood to have declined that offer and is instead working with Vale as he bids to return to full fitness soon.
Holden has a good relationship with Vale chief Clarke, who managed the player at Bescot.
The report adds:
Vale are believed to have offered Holden medical help – funding specialist assistance among other measures – as he makes a gradual recovery from his long-term absence.
It is thought he is currently undertaking running drills with the League One side while hoping to win a contract and be back playing games within the next few months.
The midfielder is currently recovering form a serious injury. Holden picked up a knee injury in December 2020 and he has since undergone two surgeries and did not play a single competitive game throughout the 2021/22 season.
The Valiants have currently added former loanee Lewis Cass to their squad and are looking to strengthen ahead of their return to League One.
Rory Holden Factfile
Clubs: Derry City, Bristol City, Walsall
Loans: Barrow, Rochdale, Walsall