Port Vale’s Danny Pugh outlines his transfer plans and what happens next



Danny Pugh has been given the go-ahead by Port Vale’s owners to make another signing, but says he will only do so if the right player becomes available.

Pugh has brought in Jake Taylor, on a three-and-a-half-year contract, and Kurtis Guthrie, on a deal until the end of the season, since replacing John Askey on January 4.

He’s still looking to strengthen but will have to de-register one of his existing squad if he makes a new signing over the age of 21. That’s because Vale are at their limit of 22 senior players under the EFL rules voted for by clubs last summer. Harry McKirdy and Theo Robinson have been de-registered – meaning they are no longer listed in the squad and are not eligible to play – to make room for Taylor and Guthrie.

Pugh said: “We are constantly looking at players. We believe we have a very strong squad, a good squad, a good group of players. But if we do think there is somebody out there who could make it better we have got the permission to go out and do that – if it is the right person.

“There are positions we could strengthen that we are looking at, I won’t go into the positions.

“But we are not just looking at the academy route or a certain age bracket. If they are going to make us better as a team then we will look to do it.”

He added: “If we want to bring anyone in now then people have to leave the squad. It is not a nice thing to have to do but that is just the way it is now this season.

“So, it has to be the right decision. It has to be the right player, they have got to make us better. There is no point bringing players in just for the sake of it.”

De-registered players remain on the wage bill and Pugh has thanked the owners for their financial support to strengthen the squad.

He says there has been some interest from clubs in his players.

He added: “I believe there has been some interest in a few of the lads. I don’t really want to disclose that.

“But there are talented players in the group and there are going to be clubs interested in some of them.”

The Vale return to action this weekend at home to Walsall.





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