Port Vale: Local boy Yates keen to extend his stay at Vale Park
ADAM Yates is keen to brush off the frustration of an in-and-out season by signing a new deal at Port Vale.
The versatile defender, who came back into the team against Morecambe on Saturday, is one of a number of players out of contract at the end of the season.
And despite failing to nail down a regular starting spot this term, Yates is hoping to extend his stay.
"I've been here for four years, but I've never been as happy at the club as I am now," he said.
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"And I've probably never played as well as I have this season.
"I've not discussed my future with the gaffer yet, but I'll want to before the end of the season and I'll see how the land lies.
"I'll speak to him, my agent and my family and see what options I have. And if Port Vale is one of those, I'll probably be signing.
"I'd obviously welcome contract talks, but I won't force the manager's hand. I'll let him make his decision and then I'll stand by it."
The 29-year-old, from Milton, arrived at Vale Park from the Shrimps in the summer of 2009.
He has gone on to make 157 appearances in all competitions, including 24 this season.
"I've felt I've played well, but I've not played as many games as I would have liked and that's frustrating," added Yates, who can play on the right or left of the back four.
"But the main thing is we get promoted and if I have that promotion on my CV, that's what I want.
"It's been difficult and disappointing for me to stay on the sidelines, but the manager changed the team and we're still winning games, so I'm happy."
Yates admitted Vale weren't at their best against Morecambe, but insisted it was hardly a disaster.
The Valiants remain seven points clear of the chasing pack with 14 games to go.
"We're coming towards the business end of the season and we've set ourselves up nicely for the finish," he said.
"But we aren't there yet. There are a lot of tough games to go.
"We win as a group and lose as a group and if this club is promoted, regardless of which position we finish in, that will be a success.
"We just want to go on and finish the job.
"The manager said there would be peaks and troughs before the end of the season and it would be about how we respond to it.
"And I'm sure we'll bounce back at Torquay."