Port Vale boss Danny Pugh says he’s grateful for the owners’ support after he was able to strengthen in this month’s January transfer window.
The Vale have brought in midfielder Jake Taylor from Nottingham Forest on a three-and-a-half year contract and striker Kurtis Guthrie, on a deal until the end of the season.
Pugh has thanked Carol and Kevin Shanahan for backing the deals – even though the club hasn’t been able to play in front of supporters since last February.
Speaking after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Forest Green, the interim manager said: “From the very start of the pandemic, they have been absolutely unbelievable with the support they have given the football club, the team and the players. They have allowed us to strengthen the team by bringing in a couple of players which in the current climate is unbelievable, so we are massively grateful for that.”
Carol Shanahan has estimated revenues could be around £1m down this season because games are having to be played behind closed doors.
Vale haven’t ruled out another signing but are also looking to move players on this month.
Forwards Harry McKirdy and Theo Robinson are both available having been de-registered to make way for the signings of Taylor and Guthrie.
Both McKirdy and Robinson signed in the summer, from Carlisle and Colchester respectively.
EFL rules limit clubs to 22 players aged over 21 and Vale were already at that limit before last week’s double signing. So, McKirdy and Robinson join Dan Trickett-Smith in not being registered in Vale’s squad.
The Vale return to action on Saturday at home to Walsall looking to build on the draw at promotion-chasing Forest Green.
Devante Rodney’s 76th-minute strike cancelled Nicky Cadden’s 20th-minute opener to put Vale in 14th and frustrate a Forest Green side who would have gone top with a win.