After putting pen to paper on a six-month contract at Vale Park, Brendon Daniels admits that he 'can't wait' to get going in a Vale shirt as he returns to the Football League.
The 24-year-old had risen through the youth ranks at Crewe Alexandra before signing a professional deal in 2011, but he was released two years later and ended up plying his trade in the non-league system.
However, the last five years of hard work have paid off for the Stoke-born winger. During his time at Alfreton Town last season, Daniels scored 17 goals in 39 appearances and that is something he wants to continue doing in Sky Bet League Two come August.
"Free-kicks are one of my specialities and I do score a lot of them, but I just like to score goals and create them for the team as well," he said.
"I'm really excited to get started, I can't wait for pre-season to begin and I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the lads.
"It's a massive ground and it's a massive club - one of the biggest in League Two - so I just can't wait to get started here."
Daniels also revealed that the positivity of Neil Aspin when they first met attracted him to join the Valiants, and he has a lot of respect for the Vale boss having played against his teams before.
Now with the opportunity to impress in the fourth tier of English football, Daniels is relishing the challenge and he wants to be a part of a successful 2018/19 campaign.
On the manager, Daniels stated: "He said all of the right things and everything he did say was positive, and that was what ultimately made my decision to come here.
"I'm a local lad and it's a huge club. This is what I have been working for since I went into non-league five years ago, so to get this opportunity to come back into the Football League - I just can't wait for it to get underway."