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Askey still hoping to add more additions to the squad

27 August 2019

Port Vale manager John Askey has confirmed he is still actively looking to add more players to his Vale squad whilst suggesting a signing could be completed very soon.

Askey added 11 new additions to his Vale squad over the summer but insists that he's still open to recruiting one or two more in, whether that be from the loan market or signing a free agent. 

With the window closing on Monday for signing loan players, the gaffer confirmed he has identified a player he would like to sign and has spoken to co-chair, Carol Shanahan, in order to speed along the potential signing. 

Hopeful of completing some signings before the close of the window in just under a week, Askey says he's hoping to bring in players that not only provide competition for current squad members but can even break into the starting line-up, but fitness can also play a part at this stage for some late signings.

"We're talking to somebody today, whether it gets over the line or not we'll have to wait and see. I spoke to Carol this morning and obviously we're trying to do something. Hopefully it'll happen within the next few days.

"The main thing is we can get players in that can push the lads we've already got, hopefully we can get better players in. It doesn't take long to get players fit especially if they've got ability.

"When they first come in sometimes they're playing catch up. Hopefully if we can get them and give them a mini pre-season then we can soon get them up and running."

One new signing that has certainly impressed since arriving over the summer is winger David Amoo, who looks set to face his former side Cambridge United this coming Saturday.

With two goals already to his name so far this season, Amoo could be the first player since Bert Llewellyn to score three goals in his first three Vale Park appearances in the league, should he get on the scoreesheet against his former side at the weekend.

He's a player that's certainly excited the fans as well as the gaffer on the touchline, who believes Amoo progression at the club has been helped by starting each game so far this season.

"The fact Dave's playing week in week out is helping him. There's still more to come from him and I was really pleased at the Forest Green game because not only attacking wise, but I thought defensively from a wide position he did well.

"The positions that he took up meant he was getting on the ball more because he was working back better. I think everyone who's seen David has been really pleased with him.

"He's one who gets the crowd excited everytime he picks the ball up and he looks as though he's enjoying it. When you're enjoying it you tend to play your best football.


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