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Chairman's Statement

19 July 2016

Below is a statement from Chairman Norman Smurthwaite.

After reading some social media comments last night I eventually received a copy of an email from Anthony Grant, addressed to the club, requesting that he be put on the transfer list.

I was a little disappointed in this approach as, just before the end of last season and as recent as last week, I was having discussions with Anthony regarding extending his contract for one more year beyond this new season.

As I consider him to be a major asset within the squad I would like to put on notice to all interested parties, including his recently appointed agent, that I will not consider any offer other than his true value to the club; if these conditions are not achieved then Anthony will remain a Port Vale player until the end of his contract.

Any contracted footballer cannot be approached directly without the parent club's permission and I confirm that no approach has been made for any other Port Vale player at the time of this statement.

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