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Richie Bennett agrees to sign for the Vale

21 June 2019

Port Vale are pleased to announce that striker, Richie Bennett, has agreed to join the Vale on a two-year deal.

Bennett began the 2018/19 season at Carlisle where he scored four goals, before spending the remaining half of the season on loan at Morecambe. He scored five goals during his time there with manager Jim Bentley describing him as a striker who's good in the air, a good size and a hard worker.

Standing at 6'4, the 28-year-old scored an impressive 60 goals in three seasons during spells at non-league sides Northwich and Barrow before making the move to the Cumbria in 2017.

The striker becomes John Askey's fourth addition to the squad this summer after adding Scott Burgess, Adam Crookes and Kieran Kennedy to the Vale ranks.

With a recognised league striker now added to his side, Askey is hoping the signing of Bennett can provide the Vale with the needed firepower up front.

"He can score goals and he's a good player. You can see that during his time at Morecambe he did really well and had a big impact in terms of their survival in the league. Hopefully, he can have the same positive impact for us.

"Richie's a player that's not always played down the middle as a striker, he's also been played out on the wide left as well but he's still got a good goal ratio to show for it so it's a good sign. We're still looking to bring in more so this is just the start.

"We're also looking at Richie to take the pressure off Popey and provide good competition for him. The case has often been that if Popey doesn't get into double figures for goals then the team struggles. Let's hope Richie can do what Popey has done and find the back of the net regularly."


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