New Port Vale boss Lee Sinnott has made Marc Laird his first signing at Vale Park.
Laird arrives on a month's loan from Manchester City as Sinnott looks to bolster his squad.
The 21-year-old is hoping to use the move as an opportunity to impress City boss Sven Goran Eriksson.
Interest"I was first aware of Vale's interest a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately I picked up an ankle injury so I couldn't come," Laird told the club's official website.
"But I heard the other night I was still wanted and I see it as a good opportunity.
"It's a big opportunity for me to do well and hopefully impress the manager back at Manchester City at the same time.
"I certainly don't see it as a step down, it's a good opportunity for me."