Is it to early - after just seven league games - to be dreaming of promotion to the lofty heights of League One, to finally say goodbye to League Two and the footballing wastelands of Crewe, Macclesfield, Burton, Morecambe and Accrington?
No, it isn't. It's been years since I've felt this excited about our aspirations for the season. After today's mauling of Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose, the Valiants have now won four out of four on our travels, and are sitting pretty in the league - currently joint leaders with Shrewsbury Town...and there on merit.
As a team and individually, Vale are creative, robust, tenacious, full of flair, strength, desire and belief. The players look 'together', fighting for each other. They now scare the opposition.
They are now a million miles away from the Port Vale of the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons and this is all thanks to Micky Adams.
The impact he has had on this club in the fifteen months he has been at Vale Park is immense. He has completely turned things around on the pitch.
The abject, meek surrenders fans were subjected to during our relegation season in 2007-08 and humiliating 17th-in-the-table finish in 2008-09, are now thankfully a thing of the past.
The deadwood has been cleared out, and Micky has us playing with purpose and style. Look at some of the talent Vale have at their disposal; Gary Roberts, Lee Collins, Marc Richards, Justin Richards, Gareth Owen, John McCombe, Sean Rigg are all players who could be playing at a higher level. We are just too good for this league.
Next Saturday (25th Sept) Accrington Stanley visit Vale Park, then on Tuesday 28th we have an absolutely massive home game against our dear friends Shrewsbury Town. I cannot wait! Every game is a sheer thrill.
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