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Cox on Daniel departure

3 June 2014

Boss speaks following winger’s switch to Port Vale

Winger Colin Daniel has joined West Midlands outfit Port Vale on a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old was offered a new deal by us at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, but rejected this in order to sign for Mickey Adams’ team, who finished in 9th position in Sky Bet League One last term.

Daniel, who was nicknamed Junior, made 77 appearances during a two-year stay at One Call Stadium and was a member of our title-winning squad which won the Conference Premier in 2012/13.

He scored some sensational goals for us, nine in total, including thunderbolt long-range strikes against Morecambe and Bristol Rovers respectively, towards the end of last season.

“It’s one of those scenarios where we know we’re going to lose players,” said manager Paul Cox.

“He’s signed a two-year contract at Port Vale and its very good money. Players have got to look after their own families and interests, so we wish him all the best.”

He continued: “If Junior had consistency, he’d been playing way above League One. I know that because he came through my academy at Eastwood.

“When I first sold him to Crewe, I think they had high expectations of him being another one on the conveyor belt that they would move on to the Premier League.

“But he’s still at a good age and has plenty of time to develop and enjoy the rest of his career.” 

Everyone at the club would like to thank Colin for his contributions over the past two seasons and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career.

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