Port Vale: Ryan Burge keen to sign up for Vale Park future
RYAN Burge is ready and willing to commit his long-term future to Port Vale.
The 24-year-old has emerged as one of Vale's top performers this season as they have taken League Two by storm.
He is one of several players out of contract at the end of the season, but hopes to celebrate winning promotion by extending his stay in Burslem.
"I'm really happy at the club and I certainly wouldn't be looking for a move," he said.
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"We're playing good football, we're doing well and I'm enjoying myself.
"Everything is positive at the moment with the new owners coming in and the team being top of the table, so I'd definitely be looking to stay longer if they want me."
Manager Micky Adams is planning to hold talks with several of his key players in a bid to avoid losing them in the summer.
And Cheltenham-born Burge, who has made 22 starts in all competitions this term and eight substitute appearances, is likely to be one of his top priorities.
"Nothing has been mentioned so far. I've just been focusing on my football," he added.
"It's obviously not just down to me, but I am keen to speak to the club when the time comes. I'd be willing to commit myself for a long period."
Burge joined the Valiants in June 2011, but his first season was blighted by injuries to such an extent that he was placed on the transfer list in the summer.
But since forcing his way into Adams' starting line-up this term, the midfielder has won glowing reviews for a string of quality performances.
Burge, a former Birmingham City trainee who is a product of the Glenn Hoddle academy in Spain, says winning a shirt on a regular basis has helped his progress.
"I'm in the form of my life," he said, "and it's probably because I've been playing every week. This is the first season I've had, certainly in England, where I've played regular football.
"I'm not one of those players who has been around the league for years, or has three or four hundred games under my belt, so playing week in, week out has definitely helped me a lot."
Vale became the first side in League Two to hit the 60-point mark after Saturday's goalless draw at Barnet. And they retained their status as leaders when title rivals Gillingham were held to a similar result at York on Tuesday night.
But Burge is not worried too much about what other teams are doing.
"We've got seven points out of nine in the last three games, and we just need to maintain that form to the end of the season," he added.
"We'll focus on what we're doing and forget about everyone else.
"We've opened up a gap on the play-off places and we want to keep that going."