Defender ready for Rochdale
Left-back Daniel Jones has hailed manager Micky Adams ahead of Saturday's crunch match away at Rochdale.
The left-back signed for Port Vale in January and has made 13 appearances this season and has described his time at Vale as the most enjoyable time of his career to date.
“With the problems that Port Vale have had this season, the gaffer has done a brilliant job here with what he has had to deal with,” Jones said.
He added: “You can't say many managers could have done what he has done, with being in administration and players not getting paid.
“The way he has kept the team and squad together is a merit in itself really isn't it.
“To be where we are in the league as well, is outstanding really."
“When I left Sheffield (Wednesday) it was a step back to move forward and I think I needed that. This is the most I have enjoyed my football.
“Gillingham haven't got the championship yet, they've been there all season but anything can happen,” Jones said.
Defender Jones is fully aware of the threat that Rochdale pose. Saturday's opponents are currently on a 5 game unbeaten run heading into the match against Vale. Their last defeat was away to Bristol Rovers on March 16.
The former Sheffield Wednesday player said: “Rochdale had a good win the other night and Keith Hill's teams like to play football and get the ball down and are very clever.
“We've got to combat that and see what we can do against them."
Jones has no doubt that time on the training ground has transpired onto the pitch home and away.
“If you put it to the fans at the start of the season with what was going on at the club that they would be in this position at the end of the season they would have been shocked,” Jones said.
He added: “We did have a little bit of a stumble but we've come back stronger we had to grind it out
“All the hard work the gaffer makes us do on the training field has paid off.”