Jump to content

Recommended Posts

9 hours ago, Joe B said:

6/7 signed, ensuring stability when most clubs will see mass turnover. Excellent.

I think Smith will go but we got promoted from this level with John McCombe, Clayton McDonald, Darren Purse, and Liam Chilvers; all decent defenders but nothing spectacular. I trust we will find an able replacement.

 

 

Yes a steady eddie Centre half will be easier to find than that elusive goalscorer.

I'd imagine JA already has a back up list of potentials in case Smith as it appears flies the nest.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 371
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

To be fair when you've got Scotty Brown it's a big ask to challenge for the #1 spot. I too would also like to send my best wishes for the future to all the released players. Particularly Ryan Llo

I think you're being very harsh. We have looked after him but he has also played his part by being a model professional for six years and being great for the Vale on and off the field. There's plenty

Johnny Maddison on Twitter.  Best of luck to you for the future Johnny 🤞🏻

Posted Images

9 hours ago, Doha said:

Was the deadline today? If he wants to go after all the support he gets sod him. I don't have much time for players stringing clubs along no matter who they are. 

Bit harsh mate. These are strange times so you could argue stay put and be grateful for what you have but Smith would be mad not to see what else is about. 

Who knows he may have the opportunity in League one at a Sunderland, Ipswich etc , is he good enough? I'd say probably he is. 

The only thing i do hope is it is sorted quickly and doesn't be something that drags like Mark Marshall that time.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the end of the day as Vale fans (long suffering) we all know that in the big scheme of things we are a smaller club and have never been able to compete on money and wages with the bigger boys. The frustration is that we don't get big fees any more if players run down their contracts. 

I'd like Smith here. He improved for me last season and looked a bit more assured and better on the ball. He's always been a tenacious, battler and man marker. But, I agree, defenders are easier to replace than goalscorers and creative midfield players. Those two positions are the very tough ones to fill.

I was mortified when we lost Horton. And Brooker and Jones and Beckford and Taylor and Earle - but we got fees for them. McPhee was the annoying one because he was so good and left for nowt to go abroad. And to be frank its great to see lads doing well higher up after learning their trade here. I always watched those boys with great pride and never failed to tell everyone that we at Port Vale taught them all they know! Mark Bright was another. 

Good luck to Smith if he gets a good move and a bigger pay packet and a chance at a higher level. If not, we'll gladly keep him and continue to improve ourselves.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, darren1810 said:

Bit harsh mate. These are strange times so you could argue stay put and be grateful for what you have but Smith would be mad not to see what else is about. 

Who knows he may have the opportunity in League one at a Sunderland, Ipswich etc , is he good enough? I'd say probably he is. 

The only thing i do hope is it is sorted quickly and doesn't be something that drags like Mark Marshall that time.

Askey has been negotiating with Smith on signing a new deal since at least December. It was reported in the news before Christmas. 

Seven bloody months is rather a long time of seeing what else is about. 

If you're going to jump ship then get on with it.

Exactly right, we don't want a Marshall scenario again. Dragging it out forever and past the contract deadline under radio silence really annoys me. 

Edited by Doha

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

20 minutes ago, boslemportvale91 said:

Burton don't have a manager at the moment do they?  Unless Smith was a target before  Clough left. 

Yes they appointed someone really young from within the club 

Jake Buxton, player manager 

Edited by darren1810
Additional text

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, For Us All said:

Good luck to Smudger wherever he ends up.Burton are rumoured to be favourites at the moment?

 

Burton wouldn’t be a career move, and the ground only holds about 7000.

Edited by Conrad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, Fosse69 said:

Would not surprise me if Clough returned once the season restarts.

My thoughts exactly, he only left to reduce the wage bill during lockdown.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Burton might not be a glamour club but it's a clear step up. A higher league and a bigger wage. And he could stay local. It wouldn't surprise me at all, if they or Shrewsbury or BR or Lincoln showed an interest.

No-one heard anything yet? It is 17th today. Has the deadline passed?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
43 minutes ago, TheSage said:

Burton might not be a glamour club but it's a clear step up. A higher league and a bigger wage. And he could stay local. It wouldn't surprise me at all, if they or Shrewsbury or BR or Lincoln showed an interest.

No-one heard anything yet? It is 17th today. Has the deadline passed?

Lincoln might be a good shout as they released Bostwick who was a regular 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Imagine after our defending twice against them in their two visits to Vale Park the last season they wouldn't be touching our centre halves with a barge pole!

Burton is one of those, could easily overtake them in 12 months time.

Would be nice to see confirmation the other 6 have actually signed though rather than just agreed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, Fosse69 said:

5"  shorter though, could be against him.

What holds Smith back a little is height and pace, he has all the other attributes to play higher.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He's a scrapper and a marker but does lack a bit of height to compete against the big strong boys like Rhead, where you need a Hazell or a Swan to subdue those bustling types.

I thought he improved a lot on the ground this season but still isn't great with the ball at his feet and is light years away from being a Dean Glover.

We've all got different opinions on the matter and it'll be interesting to see if anyone bites or he stays with us.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Reporting Posts and Ignoring Users

    Moderators don't read everything. Please don't assume we'll spot rule breaking (e.g. personal abuse) - use the orange report button above a post to alert them.

    If you can't get on with another forum user you can select the "ignore" option. Simply click on the link below, type in their username and save - Click here




×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy