Port Vale close to signing Dino Visser after impressive trial



Port Vale are hoping to complete the signing of goalkeeper Dino Visser.

The 31-year-old South African has impressed on trial and looks set to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Jonny Maddison at the end of last season.

Free agent Visser played at the top level of South African football for a decade with Polokwane City, Bloemfonein Celtic and Cape Umoya United before moving to England and signing for Exeter last year, and then for Crewe in March just before lockdown.

Vale need a second keeper to work with established number one Scott Brown and have seen enough of Visser to be confident he can provide cover and competition.

Manager John Askey explained: “We are hoping that Dino is going to sign in the next day or two, so that is pretty much sorted.

“He has come in and been consistent. Browny has done well for Vale and hopefully can continue to do so, but we need someone who can put a little bit more pressure on him. Or, if Browny does get injured, then somebody who we are not worried about putting in.

“All the players want to play, and Dino does as well. He will probably have to bide his time and then it is up to him.

“I think last year we would probably have got a loan in if anything had happened to Browny. But at this stage we would see how Dino went for a few games.”

So, Visser should become Askey’s fifth signing of the summer, joining Zak Mills, Danny Whitehead, Devante Rodney and Theo Robinson.

Meanwhile, the Vale return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they have a behind-closed-doors friendly against Nottingham Forest.





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