Port Vale confirmed the signing of Adam Crookes on Friday afternoon and some supporters are delighted with the news. The 21-year-old spent the second-half of last season on loan at Vale Park and impressed enough to be handed a chance to turn the move permanent this summer.
Manager John Askey was keen to get a deal done, and Crookes’ agent Phil Sproson admitted that the player was open to a return too. The fullback made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Valiants and will now spend the next two years in the West Midlands. Fans are happy to see him return.
Good news and I think he will only get better with experience.
— valiant chat (@Valiantchat) May 31, 2019
YESSSSS get in! Your turn now @mitchellclark99 ????
— Chris Edge (@ChrisEdge81) May 31, 2019
Congrats to officially signing as a valiant ????
— andrew chadwick (@chadda73) May 31, 2019
Great news really good player
— Sandra Savage (@sandrasavage87) May 31, 2019
Good signing. Knows the club and will appreciate the improvements under Carol and Kevin.
— Adam Brown (@AddBrown) May 31, 2019
— Patrick Scragg (@patscragg) May 31, 2019
Vale finished 20 in League Two last season with 49 points from their 46 games. Despite a lowly placing in the table, the club conceded fewer goals (55) than 16 other clubs and kept more clean sheets (15) than 18 of their opponents. Crookes certainly played his part in their impressive defensive record and will hope to build on those foundations next season.
Crookes should thrive with regular competitive football at Vale as playing in the u23s at Nottingham Forest doesn’t do much to develop young talent. It’s a big decision to drop down two divisions, but playing on weekly basis clearly meant more to the Englishman.