Port Vale goalkeeping coach Mark Grew couldn’t say enough about loan signing Ryan Inniss – and how pleased he is at seeing a fully fit squad.
Nineteen-year-old Inniss joined two weeks ago on a month’s loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace.
And the youngster has been nothing short of a revelation at Vale Park.
Grew said: “He’s come in at 19 years of age, played his first game against Walsall, but right away on the training session prior to that, you could tell he was a leader on the pitch.
“He came in and right away he’s cracking jokes and the lads really like him.”
The Valiants have struggled defensively this season, having conceded 45 goals in 32 matches.
But now they are on the back of two clean sheets, with Inniss starting both games.
Included in that run, Vale comprehensively beat Doncaster at the weekend, with defender Freddie Veseli scoring a 30-yard screamer.
The former Manchester United man said on his goal: “I didn’t realise it was that far, but it’s just one of those moments when you feel it, you just go for it.
“I thought I was closer obviously during the match, but watching it again, I was quite far [out]!”
Grew also spoke of his pleasure at seeing all the first team returning to fitness, which has presented coaches with a selection headache of a different kind.
He said: “The physio was unemployed today, which is lovely to be honest with you.
“It obviously causes problems for the bench, you’ve got to leave people out, which is a nice problem.
“Leaving people out, it’s a difficult one, you know that’s what we want, strength in depth.”
Vale travel to take on Notts County for a 3pm kick-off this Saturday (February 28).
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(Additional reporting by Jessica Turnbull)