Ex-Shrewsbury midfielder Sean McAllister set to sign for threadbare Port Vale
PORT Vale are hoping to sign former Shrewsbury midfielder Sean McAllister in time for tomorrow's game at Southend.
They have asked the Football League for permission to sign the player because they are so short of numbers.
Although Vale wouldn't normally be able to sign a player while they are in administration, they have asked for leniency because Lewis Haldane dropped out of their squad when he retired through injury last month.
The move to add McAllister to the wage bill has been supported by administrator Bob Young following talks with owners-in-waiting Norman Smurthwaite and Paul Wildes.
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Young said: "We have signed the forms on behalf of the club to sign Sean McAllister.
"We have a midfield crisis and, with the unavailability of Lewis Haldane, the Football League seem to accept we have a vacancy so we can sign the player."
McAllister, aged 25, began his career with Sheffield Wednesday, playing 73 games for the Owls.
He spent the last two seasons with Shrewsbury but was released in May after helping the Shrews win promotion to League One.
Vale problems in midfield increased on Tuesday when Sam Morsy was sent off against Rochdale to earn a three-game ban.
Meanwhile, Young is hopeful Vale will be out of administration within a fortnight.
The Football League discussed Vale's case during a board meeting yesterday following talks with Smurthwaite and Waites last Friday.
Young said: "The Football League asked for more information and that has been provided.
"As far as I know they are very happy with Paul and Norman, so I am not expecting any problems.
"It's fairly imminent. It won't be this week, but I would say within a fortnight."