Port Vale contract deals are welcome boost in difficult times



It looks like there’s good news on the way with players signing new contracts.

With the season we’ve just had, keeping that core of players together is massive for us. We finished the season in a great form and, even though we just missed out on the play offs when the season was cut short, we should be confident when next one can eventually start.

So, fingers crossed the lads out of contract will sign. Because of the financial problems in the lower divisions at the moment, a lot of clubs will struggling. They won’t be able to offer deals so for us to offer seven contracts, and hopefully get lads signed up early, should be beneficial for everyone.

It’s not quite the same team because our loan players Jake Taylor and Mitch Clark have had to go back and would be a big miss for us. But who is to say that over the summer we can’t bring those lads back?

At the moment it is about tying the lads down who are out of contract and that makes the manager’s job a lot easier. The more players who sign the less she has to look for next year.

Hopefully we will just need three or four new faces rather than seven or eight.

WE should get some idea of how the season is going to finish when the EFL clubs meet on Tuesday.

There have been all sorts of proposals but it looks like League Two is pretty much sorted because the clubs have already agreed to end the season and decided about promotion, points per game and the play offs. So, just relegation to sort out.

Most Championship clubs are ready to finish their season behind closed doors but League One is  split. That was always going to be hard to sort out because the jump from League One to the Championship is worth so much more money than from Leagues One to Two.

So, the clubs with a chance of going up want to keep going – but clubs lower down are arguing they just can’t afford it. 

I don’t see everyone agreeing in that division. Maybe the EFL will have to take a firm hand because they could be bickering for months. It needs sorting as soon as possible so everyone knows where they stand.





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