Port Vale owner has her say about defenders’ deals


Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan has welcomed the signings of Leon Legge and James Gibbons.

Both defenders would have been out of contract in the summer but captain Legge has signed a new 12-month deal while Gibbons has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. 

Shanahan says Legge has impressed both on the pitch and off it, where his community work has included starting a blog about his experience with epilepsy to help and support others.

The 34 year old has started every one of the Vale’s 37 league games while right back Gibbons, aged 21, has also been a regular, starting 31 league matches.

The owner said his development reflects well on the club’s youth system but also first team manager John Askey, assistant Dave Kevan and coach Danny Pugh.

She says both players deserve credit: “Leon has been a great captain for us. He has been very solid throughout the season both on and off the pitch.

“He was very much in John’s plans for the team next season and in my plans for the club. So, he was one we really wanted to sign.

“With James Gibbons, it has been a joy to watch him grow this season.

Port Vale v Leyton Orient: Vale’s Leon Legge gets above Josh Coulson to win the header

“I think he has responded to the way John, Dave and Danny coach and how they encourage players to grow to their potential.

I think they have really brought the best out of him.

“I am delighted he’s with us for another couple of seasons, it will be interesting to see how much more he grows in that time.

“It’s always satisfying to see a player come through our youth system and grow to be a Port Vale star.”

Meanwhile, Vale say they can only wait and see what happens to the football season which has been suspended until April 3, at the earliest, because of coronavirus.

The EFL is due to meet tomorrow to discuss the situation.

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