FC Halifax Town: Shaymen boss Wild “over the moon” as striker Vale joins on loan
Town manager Pete Wild says he is “over the moon” at the signing of Blackburn and Wales under 21 striker Jack Vale.
Vale, who is expected to eligible for Saturday’s game against Southend, has joined Town on loan until January, and arrives at The Shay on the back of scoring a hat-trick for Wales under 21s in their 4-0 win away to Bulgaria under 21s in what was Vale’s first start at that level.
“I’ve been following Jack’s progress for two years,” said Wild, “I think he’s an exciting forward, he can hold the ball up, he can drive with the ball and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He’s a real talent, and he now needs the chance to express himself, much like young Billy (Chadwick) had last year.
“I see him coming here, getting better, expressing himself and really pushing on as a footballer.”
On what type of forward Vale is, Wild said: “He’s an old-fashioned centre-forward who can hold the ball up, when he faces you up and runs with the ball, that’s probably his best strength, and he’s a nuisance to play against.
“He’s a rat to play against, and I think all those qualities in a centre-forward, for me, I’ve watched him for two years and I’m over the moon I’ve finally got a chance to work with him.”