Port Vale have signed goalkeeper Tom Scott on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
The 20-year-old joins on a deal that will initially run until the end of the season and has recently been on trial with Championship sides Watford and Birmingham City.
Scott joins a large goalkeeping contingent at Vale which includes Scott Brown, the currently-injured Dino Visser and academy product Joe Collinge.
Tom Scott Signs for Port Vale
🤝 | Port Vale Football Club can now confirm the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Scott from @ManCity, who initially pens until the end of the 2020/21 season ✍️
— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) January 25, 2021
What Was Said?
Speaking about the move, Scott said: “I’m very happy and it will be a great experience looking to play first-team football instead of Under 23’s.
“I feel more than ready [for the step up] and I’m confident in myself and my abilities to do what I need to at this level.
“I’m looking forward to them [Ronnie, Browny & Dino] teaching me bits and bobs and learning from the experience of them, it will be good.”
Scott is yet to have played anywhere other than the youth ranks at Manchester City so far in his young career.
He will have received top-level coaching while there so no doubt is a bid addition for Vale, but with no experience of playing in the EFL he’s unlikely to break into the first-team just yet.
He also has a fair amount of competition for the number one spot. Scott Brown currently is in that position but Dino Visser is also there and the club have their own academy graduate in Joe Collinge too.
At 35, though, there may be some question marks over Brown’s future at the club while Visser is yet to play in the league since his arrival from Crewe Alexandra last summer.
Clearly, this signing is a look to the future, but Scott may get his chance at Vale sooner rather than later.