Clean sheets key to Vale's success, says McAllister
PORT Vale's position in the promotion frame made the club an even more attractive proposition to new boy Sean McAllister.
He says the fact the Valiants are second in the table made the decision to come to Vale Park a no-brainer.
Not that the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was spoilt for choice.
The 25-year-old had been struggling to find a club, having been released by promoted Shrewsbury Town at the end of last season.
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So he was delighted when a chance phone call to boss Micky Adams paid dividends.
"I had been ringing around, trying to find a club, so when Micky invited me down here it was brilliant," said McAllister.
"He was shocked I was still out of contract and that no one had taken a chance on me. He wanted me to come to Vale Park and that was nice to hear.
"The team are second in the table, so I couldn't have expected to end up anywhere better really.
"The manager has experience of success at a higher level and playing for someone like that would be attractive to any footballer."
The midfielder, who has signed an initial eight-week contract that will take him up to January, is keen to earn something more permanent and wants to repeat that promotion success with the Shrews last term.
"When the takeover of the club is completed, maybe there'll be a chance of a longer deal," he added.
"I had experience of promotion last season and that's always my target, so I'm looking to do it again.
"The manager might have the opportunity to strengthen once the new owner is in place. The team is going the right way already, so hopefully we can build on what's happened so far."
McAllister hasn't been at Vale Park long, but has already seen the promotion potential at the club.
"Having been here a couple of weeks, I can definitely see the quality in the squad.
"There are plenty of goals in the team, the two wide men are threatening and Popey has been on fire.
"If we can keep a few more clean sheets, then I'm sure we won't be too far away."
McAllister arrived with an impressive pedigree, having featured prominently during a four-year stint with first club Sheffield Wednesday and having played a key role in that promotion campaign at the New Meadow.
And such credentials were not lost on assistant boss Mark Grew this week.
"I remember watching Sean playing against us a few times. He's a good passer, he has excellent vision and great energy," he said.