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be interesting to see if he's first team or not. Potentially not breaking the bank if he's a back up, while also being someone with experience who can realistically challenge the first team goalie. It would be good to have two goalkeepers who are capable of being first choice, as Brown was totally unchallenged when Visser was injured.

 

 

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51 minutes ago, Joe B said:

Yes, it is not like the two of the best keepers in the world are currently Brazilian.

It's a completely pointless argumentt , but the original point was 'Alnwick had better pedigree than Covalan due to his caps with England U17', which is a flawed point.

As I recall, others on here will know more,  Alnwick was 3rd choice goalie at Newcastle, but due to injuries played in the Prem.  That to me is more important experience.

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2 minutes ago, Clayts said:

Great signing for me, conceded 17 in 24 starts in the NL regular season, (0.71 goals per game), whereas Torquay conceded 22 in the other 18 (1.22 per game), which suggests he made a difference when he was in nets (not conclusive as there may have been other factors, but still a decent sample to work with, so can say with a decent degree of confidence that he had a positive impact).

Only two teams (Stockport and Sutton) conceded fewer goals across the whole season than Torquay, with Stockport the best at 0.76 per game, which is still higher than Torquay with Covolan in goal. 

And he scored the equaliser and saved two penalties in the play-off final, so clearly decent under pressure. And everyone loves him at Torquay, and his message to the fans shows real affection and passion for what he does. And he's massive, and has real presence. And he isn't afraid of rubbing opposition players up the wrong way.

What more do you want?

Same for me mate. A team almost being promoted from the NL are really no different than the majority of teams in Dvision 2. I "feel" from all the reports that this is a good signing and a player who most certainly will gel with the Vale fans. 

Recruitment to date appears wise , well thought out and researched, which should excite Valiants. We have to trust the management team this coming season. They know their experience, knowledge and know how is on the line. They are going to do their damdest to ensure our future is bright.

To those pessimists I simply say give them a chance! Many of us have endured year after year of heartache and frustration but the current vibes from Carol down the line certainly have brought back my appetite and belief that we are about to commence a very exciting, profitable era. KTF.

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I know quite a few people keep an eye out on VP during preseason, or walk their dog behind the training pitches as a pretext for a trying to spot trialists or unannounced signings. Anyone heard or seen anything? It seems as if Clarke has stayed true to form with the radio silence policy he's infamous for at past clubs. 

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Can't recall this scepticism or negativity when we signed Rob Lainton ( that went well ) .

Has the potential to be a cult hero, we have to give the guy a chance , Visser was meant to be decent , i don't go to Pizza games, so what is to say Lucas won't be good.

He's already waiting for the monkey hangers away on Good Friday 

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I’m really not sure how almost getting promoted with Torquay makes this guy a class player. Some of the dross we released / transfer listen we’re recently PROMOTED from the same division. There is a difference in class. Players like whitehead who played in Salford’s promotion season are nowhere near this level but seemingly good enough for that. I really don’t agree that there’s no difference. 

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1 minute ago, valiant_593 said:

I’m really not sure how almost getting promoted with Torquay makes this guy a class player. Some of the dross we released / transfer listen we’re recently PROMOTED from the same division. There is a difference in class. Players like whitehead who played in Salford’s promotion season are nowhere near this level but seemingly good enough for that. I really don’t agree that there’s no difference. 

I think what Vale1995 said stands true. There is not a huge difference in skillset of goalkeepers. The top few in the Premier yes are quality but there is not the vast gulf that there is between outfield players.

The Colchester keeper for example is probably almost on a par apart from a few minor details with say the Preston keeper.

Whilst it is undoubtedly an absolutely critical position i don't see him being a total calamity and throwing the ball into his own net.

Scott Brown was a great keeper for Vale, impeccable bloke .

He also had numerous clangers last season, only off the top of my head. Two against Walsall at home, Cheltenham away dreadful , Mansfield at home went down like a sack of spuds. Terrible positioning i think it was Colchester at home where his angles were all wrong. 

He was not without errors and clearly his best days were behind him.

Other than Vigouroux i don't see much else out there.

All those championing King, he was basically Newport reserve keeper for 37 games yet seems to be touted on here quite often. Not sure why . 

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2 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

I think what Vale1995 said stands true. There is not a huge difference in skillset of goalkeepers. The top few in the Premier yes are quality but there is not the vast gulf that there is between outfield players.

The Colchester keeper for example is probably almost on a par apart from a few minor details with say the Preston keeper.

Whilst it is undoubtedly an absolutely critical position i don't see him being a total calamity and throwing the ball into his own net.

Scott Brown was a great keeper for Vale, impeccable bloke .

He also had numerous clangers last season, only off the top of my head. Two against Walsall at home, Cheltenham away dreadful , Mansfield at home went down like a sack of spuds. Terrible positioning i think it was Colchester at home where his angles were all wrong. 

He was not without errors and clearly his best days were behind him.

Other than Vigouroux i don't see much else out there.

All those championing King, he was basically Newport reserve keeper for 37 games yet seems to be touted on here quite often. Not sure why . 

Yeah I agree. I think people are basing their view on sentiment, because Brown was such a well liked person. Therefor anyone but the likes of Alisson or Courtois, would never be good enough. 

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53 minutes ago, Alan Baker said:

But he’s 30 now.

Brown must be having a laugh at this signing.

Brown served us well, was a good stick to your line goal stopper, his ball distribution and dominance of penalty area was poor at times so thought it was the right time for him to go. as I said no disrespect he served us well we move on, football is all about opinions, keep believing a golden season ahead. Up the Vale

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30 minutes ago, Emile said:

It is so boring on here reading everyone being negative about players who haven't even kicked a ball for us yet.

 

OVF is my only source of vale from Vienna - I come on here daily to stay in touch with whats going on as Rob does a much better job than the Sentinel but oh my days does it get tedious seeing the same 5 posters talking utter rubbish about how terrible a player is before they have even seen him!!

I hope you are not including me in those 5. I am not saying our new keeper is rubbish, he has only ever played 26 games max in a season at a lower level than League 2. I think it is a big ask to expect him to play 46 league games at our level so am hoping that he is only the back up keeper.

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