Michael Brown says Anthony Grant wanted to leave ahead of Peterborough clash

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Michael Brown has admitted he couldn’t stop midfielder Anthony Grant leaving Port Vale and would not keep players who do not want to play for the club.

The caretaker manager spoke ahead of the Valiants’ meeting with Peterborough on Saturday, saying he is only focused on players who want to be at the club following the 29-year-old’s departure.

“We knew there was a possibility of it (moving to Peterborough), Grant wanted to leave and that was the difficulty – do we say no to Peterborough?

“But ultimately he was a player who didn’t want to be at the football club so we had to look a that situation with three months left on his deal, he’s close to two game ban and with money on the table so we took everything into account.

“We didn’t want him to play against us but that’s where they deal was, we wish him well and move on.

“It’s now about our team, we want a united squad who want to be at our football club and look forward to the challenge ahead and that’s the type of spirit we’re trying to create.”

The Valiants have won just one of their last 11 games in League One, and could be facing a relegation battle if they don’t pick up points soon.

Brown’s side are six points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand, but knows they have a tough game against Peterborough on Saturday.

“There a good footballing side but they’ve had a little blip of late. They got well beaten last week and they will look to bounce back.

“We’ll be on the front foot trying to play attacking football but be cautious of them on the counter-attack.”

The game at Vale Park will kick-off at 3pm.

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