Danny Pugh says signing Jake Taylor is a terrific deal for Port Vale – in the long and short term.
The Vale have landed the 22-year-old midfielder on a three-and-a-half year contract after agreeing a deal with Nottingham Forest that is weighted towards a large sell-on clause rather than up-front transfer fee.
Vale beat Grimsby and Salford to sign the Mancunian who had a successful loan at Vale Park last season, scoring seven goals in 25 games.
Interim manager Pugh said: “It is a really good signing. We know what a good player he is, and what he is like as a person, so it is a really exciting signing for the club.
“He is a top player. He brings goals, he gets in little pockets, he works hard, he is fit and quick. He has got the lot really.
“He can do both sides of the game, he can defend and attack, and he gives us more of a goal threat which is a big thing.
“He is a great age, he is only young, he has loads of football in him and he can get better as well. So it is a really positive signing.”
The long-term contract and Forest’s insistence on a large sell-on clause suggests both clubs believe the midfielder will grow in value, but Pugh is looking forward to Taylor making an impact in a Vale shirt.
He said: “We are not looking to sell him straight away! We are looking forward to getting plenty of football out of him. We are not looking that far ahead, we are looking forward to seeing him out there on the grass and showing us what he can do.
“I think the fact he has been successful here in the past is a big thing.”
Pugh has confirmed Taylor will be in the squad for Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy game at Sunderland (6pm).
Defender Leon Legge is also available in the Trophy his two-match ban is for league games. So, Legge has permission to play and will complete his suspension in Saturday’s game at Forest Green.
Pugh is likely to make changes at Sunderland to the side that won 3-0 at home to Grimsby on Saturday in his first game in charge.