Martin ready for new deal
Vale boss Adams keen to keep hold of promising youngster
Last Updated: February 5, 2010 11:47am
Martin set for new deal
Goalkeeper Chris Martin is set to be offered a new contract at Port Vale after a number of impressive performances this season.
The 19-year-old has been ever-present in Micky Adams' starting line-up this season, conceding just 25 goals in 26 league matches, which has helped place his side within touching distance of the play-offs.
Vale boss Adams has confirmed talks had begun and hopes the teenager will extend his current deal.
He told the Stoke Sentinel: "I've had initial contact with Chris Martin's agent about extending his contract.
"That's as far as it's gone at the moment, but we'd like to extend it and we'll get together soon."
Martin, who is a graduate of Vale's youth academy, has made 48 appearances for the League Two side, and Adams is confident the youngster will continue to improve.
"Chris is a young keeper who knows he has more to learn, but he's doing that on a daily basis under a good mentor in (former Vale keeper) Mark Grew," Adams added.
"At the minute he's our No.1, but I don't want him to become complacent.
"He understands we've got a good keeper waiting behind him in Joe Anyon, but we're very happy with him at present and he's one of the players I want to keep."