Scott Quigley (photo copyright Port Vale Football Club)

Scott Quigley joins Port Vale

Striker Scott Quigley has joined League Two club Port Vale on a season-long loan from League One outfit Blackpool.

Quigley moves to Vale Park after an impressive loan spell at Wrexham, where he notched eight goals for the Dragons last season.

Quigley had joined the Tangerines in the summer of 2017 from Welsh champions The New Saints, where he had lifted the Welsh Premier League title during the 2016-17 season – their sixth successive league title, which is a Welsh record.

6 foot 3” tall with pace and strength, Quigley can also play as a winger when required to do so. He had won numerous honours with the Welsh club, winning the Welsh Premier League on five occasions, the Welsh Cup three times and the Welsh League Cup three times. He also scored a memorable brace against Bala Town in the 2015 Welsh League Cup final.

He joined TNS as a youngster and won the club’s ‘Young Player of the Season’ award during the 2014-15 campaign.

Quigley also featured for the club in the UEFA Champions League™, playing against the likes of Videoton, Slovan Bratislava and B36 Torshavn. He scored his first away European goal against the latter.

After suffering an injury earlier in the 2016-17 season, Quigley battled back to fitness and he fired 11 goals in 24 matches during the campaign, including in both legs of the Champions League™ First Qualifying Round wins over Tre Penne and, in total, he netted 47 goals in 115 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He joined League One club Blackpool during the summer of 2017, switching to the English side after impressing for The New Saints. He made his debut for the club in an EFL Trophy clash against Wigan Athletic in August 2017 and made his Football League debut in mid-September 2017.

In mid-January 2018, Quigley joined National League club Wrexham on loan until the end of the 2017-18 season to gain further experience in the English leagues. He made an immediate impact, his pace and strength causing no end of problems as he netted twice on his debut in a win at Hartlepool United.

He followed up his debut double with a goal on his home debut against Tranmere Rovers. Further strikes against Sutton United, Aldershot Town, Eastleigh and rivals Chester saw him end the season with eight goals for the Dragons during his loan spell at the Racecourse Ground.

ACHIEVE Director James Garley said, “This loan move represents an excellent opportunity for Scott to play games regularly in the Football League, which is something he has been extremely keen to do and that he needs really at his age.

“He has been chomping at the bit to play at Blackpool, but unfortunately he has found his chances limited, for whatever reason, and this move gives him the chance to go and play for a big club, with a big stadium, great tradition and aspirations for promotion to League One.

“He had a fantastic loan spell at Wrexham last season, he was a real fans’ favourite and we are sure that he will be equally as popular at Vale Park.

“Best of luck on your new adventure, Scott, from everyone at ACHIEVE.

“We wish both Scott and Port Vale every success for the forthcoming campaign.”

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