Former Stoke City defender Carl Dickinson has made a shock move to their local rivals Port Vale.
Dickinson was a childhood Stoke City fan and realised his dream when he was part of the Stoke team that secured promotion back in 2008 before playing Premier League football for his team the following year.
Dickinson lost his place in the team due to the arrivals of Abdoulaye Faye and Danny Higginbotham to the Brittania stadium.
He then had loan spells at the likes of Leeds United (2009), Barnsley (2010) and Portsmouth (2011) before leaving Stoke after nine years to sign a three-year contract at Watford for £250,000 two years ago.
Merely a year after he arrived at Vicarage Road he was out on loan again, back at Portsmouth for a month's spell before a 28-day loan at Coventry.
He made just five Premier League appearances for Stoke but is remembered fondly amongst the fans as one of the three home grown talents in the squad alongside Andy Wilkinson and Ryan Shotton who remain at Stoke.
Dickinson follows midfielder Anthony Griffith into the Vale squad after a busy summer of signings for boss Micky Adams.
Port Vale will be looking to players like Dickinson who have proved their worth in the higher leagues, as they look to stay in League One and push towards The Championship.
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