Port Vale Take Three Overseas Players on Trial

Last updated : 17 January 2002 By Paul Berry
PORT Vale manager Brian Horton was assessing three foreign trialists last night in a behind-closed-doors friendly at home to Crewe. The match was arranged primarily to help Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's return to fitness. Horton is keeping the identity of the trialists under wraps, but revealed one is with an English First, and one an English Second Division club.

The Vale boss is desperate to boost his squad, but has dismissed rumours linking him with a move for former Wolves and West Brom striker David Kelly, who was released by Motherwell this week after a bust-up with manager Eric Black. Horton said: "We have a lot faxes about available players coming in and we want to have a look at some of these players.
"However, I have no interest in David Kelly.

"I think Steve Brooker and Steve McPhee are an excellent forward pairing and I can't see any point bringing in David Kelly to sit on the bench." Should Bridge-Wilkinson come through tomorrow's friendly unscathed he will be considered for a place in the squad for Saturday's trip to Notts County. However, the midfielder is still some way off a first-team start.