After progressing through the youth system here at Vale, Dan Turner is hopeful that he can make an impact during the coming season.
The young striker broke into the first team squad during the second half of the 2016/17 campaign and he is determined to impress manager Michael Brown. Summing up his last twelve months as a Valiants Player, Turner said:
"They have been mad for me to be honest. At the start of last season I wasn't really playing a lot, but I came back from my loan and I started featuring.
Despite last term not being a successful one for the club, Turner acknowledges that it was a very important period for himself as he looks to progress as a player.
"Starting the last couple of games towards the end of the season gave me a massive confidence boost, he said.
"I just want to improve on that figure now and score some goals. I didn't manage to score last year which was a bit upsetting, but I've got to move on, focus on this year and hopefully I'll find the net."
As a 19-year-old forward trying to stamp his mark in the game, the arrival of experienced professionals such as Tom Pope and Tyrone Barnett are very welcome in Turner's eyes. On learning from his fellow teammates, he said:
"Tom obviously gives me a lot of advice. I have only shared a couple of training sessions with him so far, but I'm learning from him.
"He is helping me massively with my movement, the ability to hold the ball up and other aspects of forward play."