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1 minute ago, valeparklife said:

I can see a back 3 of Smith/Hall/Jones with Smith the RCB, Hall the central CB and Jones the LCB

I think given that Clarke has specifically called out Hall's left footedness on the press release that he will play lcb.

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Matrix is being used a lot this transfer window.   DC and Co did say they had targets for this window and there would be some movement in and out.

Not used to this sort of experience and talent coming into Vale in a January transfer window.

Wonder who else is coming in?  Just hope Conlon and Gibbo are staying with the Vale.

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I think Smith's inadequacies with the ball, which flared up on Saturday, show why he can be a limiting factor as a wide CB. Their job is the progress the ball into the midfield/wingbacks and he's never been very good at it.

A neutral mate of mine watched the game and text to say that Smith is completely lost with the ball at his feet. This is no dig at his many other talents, as he's a great defender.

If Hall is being brought in to compete with Martin for the central CB spot, then I feel Cass has RCB fairly locked in at this point, and if Jones can recapture the form he was in for the first 15 games (once his suspension is up), I wouldn't mind a back 3 of Cass, Hall, Jones, which has a nice balance of height, pace, and passing ability.

As said, Clarke explicitly mentions a replacement for Johnson in the article, so maybe he's going to compete with Jones, but 6"4 is very large for a wide centre half as they often need to run the channels.

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Great signing for this level along with hussey. Reminds me of the promotion season when Micky brought in Purse and Jones to get over the finishing line.

I can't remember the last time vale were so busy in the January window. Remember the days of loaning players like Greg Luer , Shalaj and God awful freebees like Martin Paterson ? 

Well done DC and Co. Onto Saturday 

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Wow. We've signed someone else?! For a fee? Who is actually rated?! What's going on?! Anyone else getting excited? Feel like this is a direct replacement for Legge. Another improvement to our squad and definitely adds to the competition between places! 

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2 hours ago, Danish Valiant said:

Isn't that the exact opposite to what DC said about loan signings in the summer? That he didn't want them, if he had to guarantee them minutes? That they were equal to anyone else in the squad, and had to earn their place?

I agree - I read it that he wasn't being given minutes at Fleetwood, and that Vale is another opportunity for him - but he has to show he deserves the  chance to play, not that we would guarantee him time? 

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