‘That’s important for me’ – Harry McKirdy on Port Vale targets



Harry McKirdy is determined to make a difference for Port Vale after his promising debut this week.

The 23 year old may drop out of the side for tomorrow’s game at Exeter as John Askey reverts to his league team.

McKirdy was one of the players to come into the side as Askey made ten changes for the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Fleetwood on Tuesday. The versatile forward set up Danny Whitehead for Vale’s goal – something he hopes is a taste of things to come after he scored 11 goals, plus several assists for Carlisle last season.

He’s still getting match fitness after only joining Vale at the end of pre-season to train before signing last Friday.

After making his debut, he said: “It has been a long time since I last played, six or seven months now. But I felt okay, my touch felt okay. I didn’t really get much chance to run at them but I felt as sharp as I had hoped to at this stage.

“I only signed on Friday and have got minutes straight away so can’t really ask for more.”

Vale will be hoping he can carry on his scoring form from last year when he was Carlisle’s top scorer.

He said: “I want to top what I got last year. But last year when I scored it wasn’t just adding a goal at 3-0 down to make it 3-1.

“I scored a lot of goals in important times so that is important for me as well. There is no point me scoring if we are 3-0 down, I want to do it to go and nick a point or get a win. That is more important for me than the actual tally.”

McKirdy can play on either wing or through the middle, and is happy to play anywhere.

He said: “When I am on the ball I feel good anywhere, just in the attacking third on the ball running at people. That’s when I feel dangerous, it doesn’t matter if I am on the left, centrally or right, I just want to be on the ball running at people and creating stuff.”





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