After deciding to move away from Wycombe Wanderers despite helping the Chairboys to promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season, Scott Brown insists that he has settled in his new surroundings and he is enjoying his football in a Vale shirt.
The Wolverhampton-born goalkeeper has played every minute of Vale's campaign so far, and he kept a clean sheet last time out as Neil Aspin's men ran out as comfortable winners over Northampton Town.
Having been at the club for a few months now, Brown admits that being closer to home has helped him adjust, and he is just determined to keep performing in order to assist the club in having a successful season, starting with the trip to Crewe Alexandra this weekend.
He said: "My little boy started school last week, so it's great to be able to take him and pick him up sometimes. Once you're settled off the pitch you're settled on it, so I'm really enjoying it here.
"I thought it was probably our best performance of the season on Saturday and we were brilliant from start to finish. Although they had a couple of chances on the break, I thought we were much the better side against a very good Northampton team.
"You only had to look at their bench to see the strength of the squad. They are a big club with big players, so to put in a performance like we did was exceptional. We worked on set plays last week because we had been conceding from them, and we were really solid at defending them against a big team.
"I owe Crewe to be honest. We won there 3-2 in the last minute with Wycombe, but I lost 8-0 there with Cheltenham and they beat us in the play-off final, so I definitely have a thing there that's always in my head."
At 33 years old, Brown is looking ahead to life after professional football, and he has revealed he has been picking the brains of goalkeeping coach, Ronnie Sinclair.
The 53-year-old enjoyed a professional career that saw him rack up almost 300 appearances in the English Football League, and feeding off of that experience has been key for Brown, as well as the other goalkeepers in the Vale squad.
"Ronnie is fantastic. He gets us out early every day and works us really hard, so we love coming into work and he's great with the technical side of things as well - he is always watching the videos and looking for little ways to improve," Brown said.
"I'm really enjoying working with him and now I'm coming towards the end of my career, I'm doing a few of my coaching badges, but he is always happy to help and pass on advice which I'm very grateful for.
"I always come into work and treat every day almost as if it's a trial, looking to impress the manager and the coaching staff whilst making sure I work hard and get something out of the day."