Port Vale have signed Anthony Kay from Bury on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

The 24-year-old defender was most recently at Bury but was released by the Shakes at the end of his contract this summer, just a year after signing with them. But while a player at his age may have to start thinking about retiring when he is released, Kay has been able to find a new club. The Valiants have signed him up and Kay has now signed a two-year contract with the club.

Port Vale needed to overhaul their squad after being relegated from Sky Bet League One and after signing Kay they can say they have a new veteran presence in their defence. It’s not a league that Kay has played in before, most of his career has been in the third tier of English football, but the experience he has got elsewhere will be crucial as the Staffordshire club look to get promoted at the first time of asking.

After signing, Kay said: “I’ve come here for one reason only and that’s to get promoted, I think as a club there’s no reason why we can’t get promoted next season.”

“We have to see it as the aim, we have some quality players who have been there and done it before so hopefully with that mix and blend of a bit of youth and experience we can do that.”

First time I spoke to the gaffer he had that aim as well, obviously the disappointment last season we’re looking to bounce right back up and I know quite a few of the players here as well so hopefully we can get that done.”

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