Port Vale have completed the signing of Wrexham’s Kieran Kennedy on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.

The 25-year-old defender came through the Manchester City academy but also spent some time in the Leicester City youth system before becoming a professional in Scotland with Motherwell. He returned to England in 2017 to sign for non-league side AFC Fylde but would soon move on to Macclesfield Town. This led to him having an underwhelming spell with Shrewsbury Town but was most recently at Wrexham where he made 12 appearances for them since signing for them in January.

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But now Kennedy will get another chance in the EFL after signing a one-year contract with Port Vale. He knows Valiants head coach John Askey well from their time working together at Macclesfield with that surely leading to this move here. He becomes their third signing of the summer following deals that brought adam Crookes in from Nottingham Forest and Scott Burgess from Bury.

Following the completion of the signing, Askey said: “He’s a footballing centre half, somebody who likes to get the ball down and play. He’s slightly different than the other two centre-halves that we’ve got so it gives us a bit of balance.”

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“He’s got the ability, he’s reasonably quick and I think he’ll suit the way we want to play. He’s hungry and I think that’s important that he wants to come here and prove himself.”

Kennedy will hope to get going for Port Vale in pre-season ahead of a tough Sky Bet League Two season.

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