Rory Holden Departs Walsall as Port Vale Links Emerge Rory Holden Departs Walsall as Port Vale Links Emerge

Rory Holden Departs Walsall as Port Vale Links Emerge

The attacking midfielder is looking to impress a former Saddlers boss.
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According to recent media reports, soon-to-be former Walsall midfielder Rory Holden is training with former Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke's Port Vale ahead of a potential summer switch to Stoke-on-Trent.

Holden, who missed the whole of the 2021/22 campaign through injury, is set to reach the end of his Walsall contract over the next few days and, despite being invited back to Essington for pre-season, looks to have opted to leave for pastures new.

24-year-old Holden enjoyed two spells in WS1, with the then Bristol City man initially signing on loan ahead of a permanent switch in the summer of 2020.

Rory managed sixty-two first-team appearances for the club but suffered a series of injury setbacks which has seen him miss much of the last eighteen months, including undergoing two surgeries in a bid to return to fitness.

Aside from games in training, Rory's final Saddlers appearance came in a 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in April 2021.

According to reports initially published by the Express & Star, Vale have offered Holden medical help – funding specialist assistance among other measures – as he makes a gradual recovery from his long-term absence.

Neither Walsall nor Port Vale have offered any comment on Rory's current status, but we will publish any news when it is made available.
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