Port Vale explain decision to leave Harry McKirdy out of plans



Harry McKirdy is being left out of the Port Vale squad to comply with the cap on numbers following the arrival of Jake Taylor.

The Vale were up to the EFL limit of 22 players over 21 before Taylor arrived. So, they have decided they won’t be registering McKirdy for the second half of the season after Taylor arrived on a three-and-a-half year deal from Nottingham Forest.

Vale have made the versatile forward available to other clubs and there has been some interest.

The 23 year old signed on a free transfer from Carlisle in September after a trial at Vale Park, but he has only started one league game, plus four substitute appearances.

John Askey said before his own departure last week that both McKirdy and striker Theo Robinson had been made available to clubs. But Robinson was on the bench on Saturday and did well as a late substitute under interim manager Danny Pugh.

Pugh said this afternoon that McKirdy is not part of his plans following Taylor’s arrival.

If the club make further signings then other players won’t be registered.

He explained: “Since Jake has come in, Harry won’t be in the squad. He won’t be in our 22. He’s had to come off and now we are at our limit with the 22. If anyone comes into the club then someone will have to go off that list.”

He added: “There has been some interest in him, nothing definite from what I know, but there is some interest.”

The Vale are continuing to look for new signings but are delighted to have landed Taylor on a long-term deal.

The 22 year old midfielder had a successful loan at Vale Park last season, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances before his season was cut short by injury.

Vale fought off interest from Grimsby and Salford to sign the youngster having decided they will press on with transfer business while they look for a permanent manager.

Pugh’s chances of getting the job in the long term were helped by Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Grimsby. The Vale return to action on Tuesday when they are away to Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy (6pm).





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