Port Vale could hang on to striker for run-in as they bid for play-offs


Striker Jordan Archer is back with Port Vale after a month’s loan at Stockport County.

The 26 year old was restricted to three games for the National League side because of injury but is back in full training.

Football League rules allow him to go back on loan into non-league but Vale may decide to hang on to the striker so he can provide competition for Mark Cullen, Tom Pope and Richie Bennett.

Vale are up to seventh and have ten games of the season left to try to book their place in the play-offs spots.

Archer joined the Vale on a free transfer this summer. He had played and impressed for Bury in a pre-season friendly at Vale Park but joined John Askey’s squad as a free agent following Bury’s demise.

Port Vale’s Jordan Archer

But his opportunities have been limited, scoring once in one start and seven substitute appearances.

The Vale return to action on Saturday when they are away to promotion rivals Cheltenham. Vale go into the game on a seven-match unbeaten run, but Cheltenham have won their last five matches to move to the brink of the automatic promotion places.

Left back Cristian Montano and striker Mark Cullen will have fitness tests before the game. Montano has a back problem and Cullen picked up a dead leg in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Scunthorpe.

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