Port Vale: We need to capitalise on our promising new era, says Adam Yates
ADAM Yates says Port Vale’s players are looking forward to a bright future after the club’s takeover was finally completed.
Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite were officially unveiled as the club’s new owners on Wednesday after the Football League rubber-stamped their £1.25m deal.
And 29-year-old Yates believes they will bring much-needed stability to Vale Park.
“Thankfully, the takeover has gone through now and we can all move on,” he said.
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“The lads have been a bit anxious about it all because we didn’t want to be in the same scenario as last time when we were left in limbo.
“So we’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the two people who have come in and will take the club forward.”
The pair were given the green light ahead of the game against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday and Yates felt it was a “big day” for the club after suffering such uncertainty during a difficult year.
“The main thing is that it brings stability,” he added.
“Of course we want to be promoted and play in as high a league as possible, but the main thing is making sure the club exists, and with these two coming in the future does look secure.
“They want to push on, hopefully get us promoted and, over the next five or 10 years, take this club back to where it should be.
“Mr Wildes told us he’s prepared to put his hand in his pocket as long as he can see a potential return, and that’s pleasing.
“They’re not going to waste money, but they seem prepared to back up their words with actions.”
Yates, who arrived at Vale Park from Morecambe in 2009, said the fact the players’ contracts would now revert to their original status was good news all round.
The whole squad signed revised one-year deals when the club started the season in administration, but the arrival of new owners means their original contracts will now be honoured.
“It’s nice that people have the security they deserve,” he added.
“Some people came here in the summer on signing two-year deals and were told, six weeks into it, that they would be on something different.
“They could have gone elsewhere, but they didn’t and it’s great they’ve now reverted to their original contracts.
“It means we’re in a position to keep the players who have made a difference this year and hopefully we can push on. It’s also nice to see someone at the helm of the club on a day-to-day basis again, which hasn’t been the case in the recent past.”
Yates, a right-back throughout his Vale career, has reverted to the opposite side of defence in the last two games, but hasn’t looked out of place.
That’s perhaps because he’s played at left-back before.
“Some of my best performances over last seven or eight years have been at left-back,” he revealed.
“I’ve always played on the right here, but I remember when I was 18 at my first club, Crewe. Steve Holland, who was my coach back then, always thought left-back was my best position.
“I played a lot of games at Morecambe on the left too, so while it’s new at Vale, it’s not in my career.
“Sometimes I feel at left-back I’ve got more of the pitch to hit with a stronger right foot, while when I’m playing on the right, I’m always coming inside on my weaker side.
“I’m happy to play there, and if that’s what the manager wants for me in the long term, I certainly wouldn’t object to that.”
Yates says things are looking positive for a push for automatic promotion, but knows there is a long way to go and insists Vale must be at their best week in, week out.
“We’ve got a nice little cushion now and it’s looking good, but it’s the kind of division where the top teams can beat the bottom ones.
“There are no certain wins or losses, so we’ll attack every game as the most important and keep trying to pick up points every time.
“If you’re not consistent, you will soon drop out of the promotion picture, so we need to keep it going.”
The trip to Aldershot today is just the kind of tricky test the Valiants will have to come through.
“It’s perhaps not the best ground in the league, but we’ll roll up our sleeves and dig in,” he added.
“Teams like Aldershot are better than people give them credit for.
“They’re not going well this year, but they have some good players and we need to make sure we’re at the top of our game, because if not we could be turned over.”