John Askey has confirmed Mitch Clark has returned to Leicester City before the end of his loan deal.
The defender’s loan was due to run out this weekend but the manager revealed he returned to his parent club earlier this month because of personal reasons.
The 21 year old has had three loan spells at the Vale over three seasons, playing 61 games for the club in total.
He was re-signed by the Vale this season at the start of October after both the club’s right backs Zak Mills and James Gibbons were ruled out with hamstring injuries.
He played 12 games before Mills returned to the side for the win at Bolton on December 5.
Askey confirmed earlier this month that Clark’s loan wouldn’t be extended as other players were returning to fitness.
Vale also have centre half Nathan Smith as an option at right back and he was moved to that position at Bradford on Tuesday night as the Vale earned a goalless draw with Smith and David Fitzpatrick at right and left back and Leon Legge and Shaun Brisley in central defence.
Talking about Clark’s return to Leicester, the manager said: “Mitch went back two weeks ago now for personal reasons, nothing to do with football.”