Bristol Rovers have missed out on transfer target Tom Sang with Port Vale landing the former Cardiff player on a free transfer deal, as confirmed on the Valiants official club website today.
Cheltenham Town were also interested in bringing their former loanee back to the club but Port Vale have fought off the competition to sign the 23-year-old on a two-year deal when the transfer window officially opens at the start of July.
The ex Bluebird did make nine appearances for Cardiff this season just gone, but those appearances all came towards the start of the campaign – Sang’s final match in a Cardiff shirt falling on New Years Day, before months of being left completely out of the side.
It came as no real surprise then to see the midfielder depart the Bluebirds when their retained list was released, Port Vale quickly swooping in for Sang’s services.
Who Is Tom Sang?
Sang didn’t start his career in the Welsh capital however, the 23-year-old starting his career within the Manchester United youth set-up.
He would leave the Red Devils after being released in 2019, Cardiff City securing the signing of Sang on a free transfer after the versatile midfielder – who can also competently playing in defence – was shipped out on loan to non-league AFC Fylde.
Unfortunately for Sang, his time at Cardiff was also marked by various loan moves away. Sang would play for the likes of Cheltenham Town and St Johnstone away from the Cardiff City Stadium, making 14 appearances with the Robins as they went on to win the League Two title.
Sang will just be hoping that Port Vale can be a permanent home for the time being, the former Red Devil eager to impress and cement a spot in the Valiants line-up next campaign.
Port Vale Ahead Of Next Season
Port Vale’s last League One campaign was characterised by various ups and downs, 18th spot in the third tier isn’t to be sniffed at right after promotion but the sour nature of Darrell Clarke’s dismissal from Vale Park left a bad taste in the mouth for some.
Andy Crosby adding in midfielders ahead of next season is to be expected, especially after the notable departure of David Worrall to Barrow AFC in the division below – Worrall assisting six goals last campaign in a Vale shirt.
Sang’s signing will also give Vale stalwarts Tom Conlon and Ben Garrity competition through the centre of the park, alongside the likes of Belgian midfielder Funso Ojo remaining at Vale.
This new signing will also give Port Vale another option defensively if needs be, Crosby’s side arguably light on right backs following the release of Sam Robinson.
Therefore, Sang’s ability to fill multiple positions could come in handy as The Valiants aim for another positive season in the third tier.
What Has Been Said?
Following the announcement of Sang’s arrival at Vale Park, the club’s Director of Football David Flitcroft spoke about the process taken to secure their brand new signing.
He said: “We have been chasing Tom’s signature since we knew we had secured our League One position and we are delighted that he has agreed to join us.
“Physically and athletically, we believe that Tom is already at Championship levels and he will add a different dimension to our midfield.
“We met at the start of the summer period; his honesty, hunger and desire to improve so he can reach the highest level possible was what stood out. His character and commitment will drive the players on the pitch and on the training ground.
“We are excited to bring Tom into the environment that is being created at the club and I believe he will flourish under Andy’s leadership and coaching team.”
Andy Crosby further elaborated on Sang joining the building, the Vale manager particularly impressed by Sang’s character.
He said: “After speaking to Tom it’s clear to me that he has the hunger and determination needed to succeed and I look forward to seeing him grow on and off the pitch here at Vale Park.
“His versatility will give us options and his positivity and work ethic will ensure he beds in well with the squad.”
Fans of Bristol Rovers will be understandably disappointed that Tom Sang has decided to opt for a move to Stoke-on-Trent over Bristol, especially considering the Gas finished one place above Vale this season just gone.
Port Vale will be delighted in contrast, signing a player that David Flitcroft believes is already Championship standard.
Supporters of the Valiants will hope Sang is a positive addition and a player that could even help the League One club better their 18th placed position and push for a finish higher up the division.