Danny Pugh on Port Vale transfer business and making room in squad



Danny Pugh hasn’t ruled out more transfer business at Port Vale after signing striker Kurtis Guthrie on a contract until the end of the season.

The 27 year old has left Bradford by mutual consent and goes straight into Pugh’s squad for tomorrow’s game at Forest Green.

Vale were interested in Guthrie 12 months ago after he scored 19 goals in 18 months at Stevenage. But he’s had less success in at Bradford, only making seven starts and six substitute appearances without finding the net.

He becomes the club’s second signing in a week, following the arrival of midfielder Jake Taylor on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Pugh hasn’t ruled out further signings, saying: “I think we are always looking. We are constantly looking at different players and different options. We feel we have a strong squad now when everybody is fit but if the right person came along we would definitely have a look at it.”

Vale will also look to get players off the books. They will have to de-register a player, meaning he can’t play, following Guthrie’s arrival. That’s because the new EFL rules only allow clubs 22 players aged over 21 in their squad.

Harry McKirdy was de-registered following Taylor’s arrival on Monday but at his Friday afternoon press conference, Pugh said the club is still considering which player to leave out following Guthrie’s signing.

However, he did say players could move on before the end of January. He explained: “If there are players outside of the squad who we don’t think are going to feature then, if the right offers came along, there could be chances for a couple to maybe move on.

“We are not exactly sure who at this moment in time but it is so difficult as we stand because it is so easy to lose a player, or two or three, with the Covid situation or injuries. So it is quite a difficult balance to make.”

Vale went into the transfer window looking for a striker, a need that became more urgent when Tom Pope suffered a broken arm and shoulder ligament damage in Tuesday’s 2-0 Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Sunderland.

Guthrie, who trained with Vale on Friday morning, played for Forest Green and Colchester before his 18 months at Stevenage.

Pugh added: “You can’t plan too far ahead until everything is done and dusted, so he has been in our thoughts but until it was signed and sealed we couldn’t plan too far ahead.

“He trained with us this morning so it was good to have him with the group straight away. He looks fit so no problems there.

“We just did a short session so haven’t had loads of time with him but he is a talented player, he is comfortable with the ball, he can beat players and score a goal so he has some good attributes and I think will definitely improve us.”





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