Port Vale’s Ryan Boot reveals what made him become a professional goalkeeper


Port Vale goalkeeper Ryan Boot has revealed what made him develop a career between the sticks.

Boot, who has been recently laying claim to Neil Aspin’s No.1 spot, told reporters what forced him to trade his usual outfield role to go in goal.

“Funnily enough, I never used to be a goalkeeper,” he said. “I used to play outfield, and during a tournament, our keeper got injured and I was forced to go in goal.

“I ended up being scouted for Derby from just a one-off. So, I went to Derby on trial, but quit because I wasn’t enjoying it.

“Then I did exactly the same [went in goal as a one-off]and got scouted for Stoke. I signed for Stoke but got released, then I ended up here [at Port Vale].”

Boot added that he wants to fight for the shirt at Vale Park, and that the team need to stick together to survive in the Football League.

“I’m glad the gaffer has come in and put his trust in me and given me the chance. Hopefully, I’ve done enough to prove that I should keep my place.

“I want it to be my shirt, just like everyone else wants their position to be their shirt. That’s all I can do.

“We’ve all got to stick together with the position we’re in. We’ve all got to keep working hard and sticking together and hopefully we’ll get out of it.”

Vale will be looking to put their disappointing mid-week defeat to Mansfield Town behind them, with a win against 11th-placed Lincoln City on Saturday.


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