Former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Lewis McGugan has joined League Two side Port Vale, manager John Askey has told the Stoke Sentinel. 

Lewis McGugan has joined League Two side Port Vale on trial, it has been revealed. The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday man has been without a club since he departed Northampton Town at in January 2018.

McGugan has been on trial with League One side Bradford City, but it is unknown whether he has or will be offered a deal to join the Bantams.

Vale boss Askey said that at the moment, they are just assessing the 30-year-old’s fitness. He has no doubts about McGugan’s ability but wants to see if he is fit enough to help their fight for survival.

“Lewis McGugan is on trial so it is just assessing his fitness,” Askey told the Stoke Sentinel.

“We all know Lewis can play, he has been a very good player. He is still only 30, it is just whether we feel he still has the legs to do a job for us.

“We do need footballers, we need people who can get on the ball and pass the ball. It is not as though he is 35, he is still a decent age, but obviously we have to assess his fitness.

“I have seen Lewis over the years and he is a really good footballer, he has been a really good footballer at Championship level. So, he has the credentials, but, as we all know, if you can’t run about then it is not what we want at the moment.  It is vital that we have a look and make sure that he is right.

“There are very few players about. He is one who has the quality so it is important that, if he looks anything like, then we make a decision quickly.” 

The midfielder has bags full of Championship experience, playing 224 times for Nottingham Forest and 39 for Sheffield Wednesday. He has been out of football for over a years now, but if Askey can get the best out of the midfielder, Port Vale could have a high-quality player on their hands.

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