Port Vale: I turned down Vale move, says Notts County midfielder
NOTTS County veteran Gavin Mahon has revealed he came close to a deadline-day switch to Port Vale – and may still try to revive a move to Burslem in January.
The 35-year-old midfielder says he turned down a chance to join the Valiants and their League Two rivals Bristol Rovers on loan earlier this month.
The approach came as Vale boss Micky Adams also tried to sign County striker Lee Hughes to bolster his promotion-chasing squad.
Mahon was persuaded to stay and fight for his place at Meadow Lane by his manager Keith Curle, but has hinted he may leave soon if he does not get more action.
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And Vale, he has hinted, would be the ideal port of call.
"Port Vale are flying high and are half-an-hour away from where I live, so it was tempting because I'm at an age where I want to be playing," he said.
"I spoke to the gaffer and he said he wanted me to try and get in his side and come January, if things haven't changed, then he would understand it.
"I told him the last thing I want to do is leave a club like Notts County, but when you get to my age you have got to play, especially if you want to go on and play next season.
"Everyone knows how hard it is when you're out of contract and you haven't played many games in a season, so we'll have to get to January and see where we go from there."
In all, Mahon has made 501 senior outings since making his debut on the books at Hereford back in 1996, taking in spells at Brentford, Watford and Queens Park Rangers.
He joined Notts County in August 2011 and, although he played in half of their games last term, he has been restricted to just seven substitute appearances in the league this season.
He said: "You wonder if you've made the right choice sometimes, when you travel halfway across the country to get splinters in your backside, but that's football, you have to wait for your chance to come."
CHESTERFIELD have extended Liam Cooper's loan spell from Hull City.
Cooper, who joined the npower League Two club at the start of November, will now stay with the Spireites until January 5, 2013.
The 21-year-old centre-half has made five appearances for Chesterfield and is expected to be in the starting line-up when the Derbyshire outfit visit Vale Park for a league match on Saturday (3pm).