Port Vale: Teen ace Davis still has tough lessons to learn, warns boss Adams
TEENAGE defender Joe Davis can build a successful future in the game ... as long as he listens and learns.
That's the verdict of Vale boss Micky Adams, who this week revealed that the 18-year-old centre-half had agreed a two-year professional deal with the club.
Davis ended speculation linking him with a move to promoted Crewe – where his dad, Steve, is manager – by committing his immediate future to Vale.
Adams, who pointed out that the deal was never in doubt, welcomed Davis's decision and then offered him some words of wisdom for the future.
"Joe is a talented lad who has shown a lot of promise and I hope he goes on to big things," he said.
"But he was an apprentice only last year and is still very young for a centre-half in League Two. He still has a lot to do and a lot to learn before he can become a top player.
"The quickest way he can learn is by making mistakes, just like everybody else, and that is the hazard of using players who are so young."
Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson is still thinking over his offer of a new deal.
The 28-year-old is now the only player offered a contract by Vale who has yet to either agree terms or move on.
Tomlinson has been Adams's first-choice keeper for much of his time at Vale Park, and the manager said: "He'll either accept the terms or reject them, it's as simple as that."
VALE'S Capital One Cup curtain-raiser at home to Burnley will be played on Tuesday, August 14 (7.45pm).