Who is Ryan McLean: All about the ‘absolutely rapid’ Port Vale trialist


Newcastle Town forward Ryan McLean is training with Port Vale as John Askey looks to fill the vacancy left by Rhys Browne.

Winger Browne left by mutual consent last week so Askey is taking a look at both Harry McKirdy and McLean.

McKirdy has played against the Vale for Carlisle, Stevenage and Crewe but supporters may be less familiar with McLean, the 21 year old who is on the books at Newcastle Town.

So, we’re grateful to the Newcastle Town manager and Vale hero Robin van der Laan for a lowdown about the winger who can also play as a striker.   

He said: “He was at Shrewsbury Town as a kid so has been at an academy. Once he got released, he played locally in the Telford area.

“We signed him seven games into the season last year from Market Drayton. We had played against them early on and they had caused us loads of problems.

“He caused problems to one of the best defenders in the league. Our defender has good speed but this boy is absolutely rapid.

“He was very raw when we got him and the season before he came to us he had scored two goals. But we spent time working with him, on his runs, and just generally trying to help him become a better player.

“That is one of the reasons why he came to us. We have promised him that is there are opportunities we will let him go on trial.”

Newcastle have been as good as their word because McLean has spent time at Vale’s League Two rivals Salford who have asked if he can have another spell with them.

Van der Laan added: “Burton have looked at him and he was at Stoke for a bit at the end of last season.

“There is a lot of interest in him because there is no substitute for speed and he has an eye for goal as well.

Ryan McLean in action for Newcastle Town

“We feel he will be a 20 plus goal a season man from a wide area which is very good at our level. But he will cause problems at any level with his pace. He has really kicked on. He scored 14 goals last season and that was coming seven games into the season, and finishing in March, so he would definitely be on course for 20 plus goals a season.

“He has made massive strides since he has been with us.”

McLean can play on either wing and has also been used through the middle.

Van der Laan added: “Players with his speed can do that if they make the right run. If he works with someone who is a good target man and hold up player, a clever player who can play him in, then he will cause problems from anywhere.

“So we have played him through the middle as well. But he can play left or right.”

McLean’s development is a feather in the cap for van der Laan and Newcastle Town who pride themselves on giving young players an opportunity.

Their former players include Tom Conlon who joined them after he was released by Stoke City, was then spotted by Peterborough and played for them and Stevenage before joining Vale two years ago.

Van der Laan added: “Our captain is 28 and the next oldest player is about 23, so they are a very young team. The reason players want to be with us is they know, if they are good enough, they are old enough and they will be playing first team football in our league at 18 or 19.

“Development is important and they still want to be developed. With a lot of clubs it is very much results orientated only and managers are judged by results.

“I am in a different position as a shareholder in the club myself.

“We have agreed with the board to develop young players. You don’t want to lose your best players but that is why these quality young players come to us, because they want that opportunity. That is part of the business we are in.

“If we promise them development and progression then we have to deliver on that. One or two will move on to bigger and better things. That is what we are here for.”





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