‘Port Vale have looked after me since I was 11’ – defender set to sign new deal


James Gibbons expects to sign a new contract at Port Vale after revealing the club have offered him a deal.

The 21 year old’s current deal is up in the summer but the right back is keen to stay.

He said: “It is just a matter of sorting it out, so it is ongoing at the minute. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be sorted.

“It was a matter of, if it gets offered then I will take it. We have to sort out all the details, but I want to stay, especially with me being so young and how the season has gone as well. Hopefully that continues in the next few years.”

Gibbons, from Trentham, came through the youth system at Vale Park before making his first team debut in 2017. He signed a two-and-a-half year contract then, but that included an option for the club to extend that.

Sky Bet EFL League Two: Port Vale 2 Scunthorpe United 2. Port Vale’s James Gibbons tries a backheel to Port Vale’s David Amoo

It’s no surprise Vale want to keep Gibbons. The combative, attacking right back has played 94 games for the club and been a regular this season in a team pushing for promotion from League Two. 

The defender says the club means a lot to him. He said: “The club has looked after me since I was 11 so it is good to repay them when you are playing well as well.

“I‘ll say it now, half my family are Stoke fans! But I see a different side of it and they have looked after me so well from when I was a little boy to now, and they are still looking after me now.”

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