Port Vale: Paul Wildes ready to welcome further signings
PAUL Wildes says Port Vale will continue to spend in the January transfer window.
The promotion-chasing Valiants have wasted little time in strengthening their squad since the turn of the year.
Midfielder Chris Birchall, centre-half Darren Purse and striker Lee Hughes – who completed his move yesterday – have all been signed up.
And Wildes is hoping more new faces will soon be making their way through the Vale Park door.
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"We made no secret of the fact we would be active in January and we'll bring more people in if we can," he said.
"We're adding to the squad, but it's not just for this season. We're looking two or three years down the line.
"It's a long-term project to develop the club, and the playing staff is just part of that.
"Signing players of the calibre of Lee Hughes, along with our other acquisitions, is a statement of intent really.
"It shows the fans we're serious and that we want Port Vale to return to better times."
Wildes says strengthening Adams' hand is imperative to keep the Valiants at the forefront of the promotion race.
Second-placed Vale are just two points off top spot and make the trip to leaders Gillingham on Saturday.
"It's important we don't forget the players who have got us to where we are in the league, but we're approaching the business end of the season now," added Wildes.
"There are bound to be injuries and suspensions to come and we want to give the manager all the options he needs.
"It's about the squad, not just the team.
"When the club was in administration earlier in the season, we had one of the smallest squads in the league.
"We wanted to make sure the quality and strength in depth is there and we're doing that."
Wildes, who completed a £1.25m deal to buy Vale with co-owner Norman Smurthwaite in November, said he was enjoying his first transfer window as chairman of a football club.
"These are exciting times, for myself, the club and the fans," he added.
"From my perspective, it's a lot of fun to be part of it all at the moment, and being able to work with a manager like Micky Adams is a great thing.
"We're working together to give fans the club and team they deserve, and I'm hoping the good news doesn't stop here.
"Not all of the players who come in might be for this season. Some might be for the future.
"But as long as we have stability in management, and we will have, then the idea of a long-term project works.
"We're certainly working every day to improve the club, not just in the transfer window, and that research won't stop when the window closes."
DEFENDER Gareth Owen and midfielder Darren Murphy left the club by mutual consent yesterday.