Phil Sproson says that Adam Crookes “has got two offers” after leaving Nottingham Forest this summer and has a “crucial decision” to make on which club he’ll join. Forest revealed in their 2018/19 retained list that Crookes would be released at the end of his contract, but it hasn’t taken long for clubs to make an approach.
The 21-year-old’s agent told Radio Stoke: “(Crookes has) got two offers which he’s mulling over, one of which is (Port) Vale’s. He is leaning towards Vale but it’s a crucial decision for him at this time of his career. He’s done quite well at Vale and he’s made one or two admirers elsewhere. He’s got to decide now what’s best for him.”
Crookes hadn’t made a single first-team appearance for Forest and was deemed surplus to requirements in 2018/19. The lack of opportunities led him to join National League side Lincoln City (August 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019) before his move to Vale (January 14, 2019 – May 31, 2019). He made five appearances for City and 19 for Vale and could be turning his deal permanent with the League Two club in the coming weeks.
Vale have made no secret of their desire to sign Crookes for the 2019/20 campaign, with manager John Askey admitting that the young defender has got a good attitude and the potential to play much higher than the fourth tier of English football, but the departing Nottingham Forest man clearly has a good enough second offer to mull over. Time will tell what he chooses to do.