Neil Aspin looking to add competition to Port Vale ranks in January

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Neil Aspin has said that he is looking to ramp up the competition in the Port Vale squad with additions in January, yet insisted that he does not want to sign players in areas that are already ‘top heavy.’

The Valiants’ manager revealed that he has been looking at players that he can bring in during the January transfer window, and says he has some names already in mind.

“There’s always players that are recommended and players that you go and have a look at. Obviously, there are names in mind, and we’ll have a look to see if we can do anything in January with those,” he said.

“We’ve got numbers in the squad, but we don’t have competition in certain areas, which is something that we need. I’m not happy adding further to areas of the squad which are already top heavy.

“We need a smaller squad with better quality. If there are people who can make the team better and we have a chance of getting them then of course we will have to look at that.”

Aspin also provided an injury update concerning several of his key players, many of which will be returning in the near future.

“I’ve been told that Rob Lainton can start training soon, he is doing his rehab on the training pitch but he hasn’t been playing any football. The date that he can come back is the 4th December,” added the manager.

“I think you want as many players to pick from as possible. I’m hopeful that Ben Whitfield will be back training next week and in contention for the cup game afterwards.

“Tyrone [Barnett] has got himself into a position now where he’s been training for about a week, so that was his first game yesterday [vs Oldham Reserves]. I would expect him to be in contention for the game on Saturday.”

Vale travel to Lincoln on Saturday, and will be looking to quickly move on from their disappointing midweek home defeat to Mansfield Town.

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