Port Vale: Adam Yates hurt at not retaining his number 2 shirt

Port Vale defender Adam Yates
Adam Yates has been first-choice right-back for his hometown club Port Vale since 2009

Port Vale defender Adam Yates says he was disappointed to lose his number 2 shirt for this season.

The 32-year-old former Crewe Alexandra trainee, Vale's longest-serving player, signed a new one-year deal in June.

But he has been given competition at right-back by the arrival of Ben Purkiss, who has been given the number instead.

"I was not best pleased about it. I don't think anyone would be," Yates told BBC Radio Stoke.

The decision was taken by Vale manager Rob Page.

"It was his call," said Yates. "He knows I wasn't happy about it. I've been here six years. I told him if it had happened to him he wouldn't have been happy about it, but it's part and parcel of football."

Although Yates is hurt at instead being given the squad number 16, it has only increased his determination to win a place in Vale's starting XI for their opening game against his first club Crewe on the opening day on 8 August.

"That what you work so hard for in pre-season," he added. "And, if not, there's another 50-odd games this season that anyone could play in. You have to get your head down and keep going."

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