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POPE SIGNS NEW DEAL

6 February 2013

Striker commits himself to Port Vale until summer of 2015

Striker Tom Pope has signed a new deal which sees him commit to the club until the summer of 2015. 

The forward, who has scored 27 goals this season, put pen to paper on the new longer-term contract on Tuesday night, following the win against AFC Wimbledon.

Pope, who is currently the leading scorer in all four divisions, was originally due to be out of contract this June. 

Manager Micky Adams said:"I think everyone can recognise the contribution of Tom this season, both as a goalscorer and through his hard work for the team.  

"That contribution has been rightly rewarded and I welcome the opportunity to work with him for the remainder of this season and beyond."

Chairman Paul Wildes added: "Tom is a local lad and  a huge favourite among our supporter base and I know all of our fans will be delighted about this news. 

"There has been a lot of speculation about Tom and his future and I am pleased that we have now managed to put that to bed. He is an asset to the club and we have always been clear that we want to secure our assets.

"This new contract underlines our commitment to take the club forward."

Pope added that it was always his intention to remain with Port Vale.

"I've made no secret of my desire to stay and I'm really pleased we have come to an agreement on a new deal. 

"I know people have been talking about my goal tally this season but I think that's down to the style we play and how all of the players work for each other. 

"The gaffer has put a lot of faith in me and I'm really pleased I have been able to repay that faith by committing to the club for a further term."


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