There was some surprise that Vale sold him to Stockport but they felt the deal was too good to turn down.
Richie was probably third choice at the moment and was under contract for another season. So, selling him does free up funds in the summer.
Yes it potentially leaves Vale short this season but Jordan Archer is back and I believe scored in a training game this week.
Assistant manager Dave Kevan spoke about this morning, saying: “First of all I would like to thank Richie for the part he has played in the season so far. It was just one of those things that it suited Richie and, in the long term, it probably suited us as well. He and his partner have just had a young child so he is a little bit closer to home which helps him family-wise.
“It suited both parties. The timing might feel a little bit strange but sometimes it doesn’t always happen when you expect it to.”