Bell joins Vale

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Port Vale boss Martin Foyle says that Mickey Bell will join the club to have a look around, but has not yet signed a contract.

The Bristol City defender's deal has expired at Ashton Gate and he is now looking at other options for the coming season.

Foyle says that Bell will play a few games for Vale to try and get a feel for the club, before then hopefully signing on at Vale Park.

"His contract is up at Bristol and he has decided to join us and have a little look at the set-up to see how we work," said Foyle.

"At the moment it's not a trial - it's a case of whether he likes the place, likes the supporters and so on.

"He's going to play in a couple of games for us to see how it goes and we will take the situation from there.

"He hasn't put pen to paper because obviously Mickey has got other options, but he has come here to have a good look at us and hopefully we can warm to him and he can warm to us.

"Hopefully he will become a good addition to the squad and then I will be delighted with what I have got."

Former Vale defender Paul Donnelly has also returned to Vale on a trial basis, and Foyle believes he has improved since leaving the club.

"Paul Donnelly has joined us on a trial basis. Paul used to be with us and he has come on leaps and bounds after getting away.

"He had a bit of an unhappy ending but I still think there is more to come."