Port Vale midfielder Doug Loft happy in left-back role

Port Vale midfielder Doug Loft
Doug Loft played under Port Vale manager Micky Adams at Brighton

Midfielder Doug Loft says he is happy to continue playing in an unfamiliar left-back role for Port Vale while the club's injury crisis continues.

With regular left-back Lee Collins sidelined, manager Micky Adams has been forced to select Loft, 25, at full-back for the last two matches.

"I'm willing to play anywhere and I'm happy to play there until Lee Collins gets back," Loft told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It's not my favourite position on the pitch but I'm happy to play there."

The former Brighton man continued: "We've got a few who have got to play a little bit out of position because of our injuries, but we've got a good enough squad, where people can play in different positions.

"I think that's vital, seeing as we haven't got the biggest squad at the moment."

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Adams, who signed Loft during his first spell as manager at Vale Park, said Loft has approached his new role with an excellent attitude.

"Doug's one of those lads who wants to do well for himself but, more importantly, he wants to do well for the team," the Vale boss told BBC Radio Stoke.

"It shows in his performances that he's quite happy to sacrifice his natural position to help out the football club.

"We need all of that and more from everybody.

"He's adapting well and, to me, he looks a great left-back. He's certainly got all the attributes to be one. So I've got no fears about leaving him there if I have to."

Port Vale ended a run of four straight defeats in League Two with a 1-0 victory at Rotherham, and face third-bottom Plymouth on Saturday.

BBC Radio Stoke will have full match commentary of Port Vale v Plymouth on 1503MW from 1500 GMT on Saturday, 28 January.

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