LEEK Town have signed Stoke City’s highly-rated young midfielder Adam Porter on loan to ease their injury crisis.
The teenager joins defender Aden Walker and forward Jason Law who teamed up with Blues last week on youth deals from League Two Mansfield Town.
The Stags pair arrived in time for last weekend’s FA Cup clash with Kings Lynn Town at Harrison Park and the Staffs FA Senior Cup tie at Chasetown on Tuesday night.
The trio of youngsters have been signed to boost squad numbers following injuries to Blues key players Tim Grice, Josh Agbozo, Jessy Bavanganga and Marc Grocott.
“I need to boost numbers,” Blues boss Neil Baker told The Sentinel’s Jim Hannah.
“The squad is a bit thin at the moment. All clubs have their injury problems and we are certainly suffering at the moment.”
Porter has spent 10 years in the Stoke Academy and is in his second season with the club’s under-18s, having captained Stoke at every youth level, and he earned a step up to the under-23’s last term.
He captained Biddulph High School to a 6-3 victory over Thomas Alleynes in the Sentinel Schools Shield Final at Vale Park last year.
Walker, 18, and Law, 20, figured in the Mansfield team that won the EFL Youth Alliance in successive seasons.
Walker joined Mansfield in the summer of 2016 from Barnsley, while Law became a Stag midway through the 2015-16 season from current BetVictor South East Division leaders Carlton Town.
All three come into the reckoning for Saturday’s FA Trophy engagement at Newcastle Town.