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"Settled" Adam Crookes praises teammates

20 March 2019

Port Vale loanee defender Adam Crookes has said that settling to life at Port Vale with ease has only been helped by his teammates.

The 21 year old arrived at Vale Park early in January on loan from Nottingham Forest in search for some first team action, after not finding the minutes he was hoping for at table toppers Lincoln City.

The young defender joined the Valiants at a difficult time as the Vale were struggling to pick up results. Despite his inexperience, Crookes was thrown straight in to make his football league debut away to Crawley Town and it couldn't have gone any better, with Vale picking up there first win in two months and a clean sheet.

Since his arrival, Crookes has been a regular starter in the Vale side under both Neil Aspin and John Askey and has had high praise from both managers. The defender insists he's been able to take to League Two and Vale well because of the help of his teammates.

"It's been good and I feel like I've come in quite seamlessly. With Scott Brown behind me at the back it helps a lot. We've got experience about the team so they're always helping me and I feel like I've settled quite well.

"They're in your ear all game. Before and after the game they're always giving you tips here and there, they've been there and done it and played hundreds of games.

"For someone like me who's just starting their career, it's really valuable knowledge to be taking from them."

Heading into the game on Saturday against Forest Green Rovers, the Vale remain unbeaten in the league for this month. 

It's been a huge relief for the club that results have started to pick up after a poor run of form. A draw against Notts County was followed up by two excellent home wins and a great point away to Swindon.

The turn of form has allowed Vale to get some much needed breathing space away from the relegation zones, but Crookes believes it's not over yet and their League Two status for next season is not 100% secured.

"I can't say we're safe yet but we have gone a long to helping that the last few games. We're taking it game by game and trying to pick up more points.

"We want to get safe first but we also want to build into next season whether I'm here or not and finish the season strongly.

"On the pitch the fans are getting behind us massively... the away support starting at Notts County was amazing and it's carried on. It's helped us get through games and get these points."


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