Delaney wants to impress at Port Vale - June 14, 2000

Last season, Dean Delaney was playing for the reserves at Everton and it looked like his time would never come. Now that Dean has got away from Goodison Park he plans on impressing his new manager and team-mates and winning the No.1 spot for Port Vale.

Relegated to Division Two last season, Port Vale do not plan on staying there. They are starting a major squad rebuilding program and Delaney could be the first block of it.

Delaney will be competing with fellow 20-year-old Mark Goodlad for the goalkeeper's position and the two should begin on an even keel at the start of the season.

Goodlad has only played once for Vale and that came in their final game of last season, against Wolves which they lost 1-0.

Delaney's international experience at underage level for the Republic of Ireland could give him the edge in the battle for the starting position. He has always been solid for Ireland and there is no reason why he should not carry that into club football.

Delaney said: "It is a good club and a great opportunity for me. I feel we have a good chance of progressing next season."

Dean joins fellow Irishmen Michael Cummins and George O'Callaghan at Port Vale. O'Callaghan has been at the club for yonks but Cummins only joined at the tail-end of last season after he failed to make an impact at Middlesbrough.

He was on loan at first but since then he has decided to make his future at the club so he signed a contract at Port Vale.

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