Port Vale: We're all in this together, says skipper Doug Loft
VALE skipper Doug Loft says he can guarantee there will be no sulking when Micky Adams starts to chop and change his team in the hunt for promotion.
A clutch of new signings has given manager Adams some tough selection calls to make, with Adam Yates, Ryan Burge, Sam Morsy and Chris Birchall all having spent time on the bench in recent weeks.
It is a far cry from early in the season when Adams named the same team for nine successive games.
But Loft said: "We've got a very good dressing room and a lot of honest lads.
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"We're all fighting for the same goal of getting this club promoted. It doesn't really matter who plays, so as long as we are getting results everyone will stick together.
"There's competition for places across the pitch now, and everyone has to be at the top of their game to keep their shirt."
Adams has brought in Birchall, Lee Hughes, Darren Purse and Dan Jones during the transfer window, and Loft is impressed.
He said: "They are very good signings and they've brought the experience into the squad that perhaps we need for the final stage of the season.
"We've now got players who've been there and done it before, but there is still a lot of work to do. We've got a job to do on Saturday against Accrington and that's what I'm focused on."
Assistant boss Mark Grew says the whole squad will have to play their part over the last three months of the League Two season to ensure Vale secure promotion.
"It will be a squad rotation system. Nobody can be sure they will be in the starting line-up," he added. "But everybody is buzzing, no one is sulking and we're looking forward to the last 18 games."
PORT Vale's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Everton has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 7 (7pm) at Vale Park.