Dan’s the man for Port Vale in a shock move after impressing in a Blues shirt

LEEK Town’s Dan Trickett-Smith has taken the step back up into the Football League by joining Port Vale.

In an unexpected move, the ex-Crewe Alex and Liverpool attacking midfielder has teamed up with the struggling League Two club on a two-year contract.

The deal allows the player to remain at Harrison Park until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, is a product of the Crewe Alex Academy and was transferred to Liverpool in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £300,000.

While with Crewe Trickett-Smith made three appearances for England under-16s at the Nordic Cup in Iceland.

He failed to make it into the Liverpool first team and he eventually left Anfield to sign short-term deal for third-tier American side Sacramento Republic FC in May 2016.

He joined Leek Town in September 2017 on his return to England, after being tempted to Harrison Park by his ex-Crewe Alex coach, Neil Baker, nowadays boss of the Blues.

Trickett-Smith is struggling to recover from a thigh injury at the present and may miss tomorrow’s game away to NPL West Division leaders Atherton Collieries.