Stags sign Port Vale defender

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MANSFIELD Town Manager Paul Cox has strengthened his defence with the addition of ex- Crewe trainee Ritchie Sutton.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a one year contract and joins on a free transfer from Port

Vale, where he made 13 appearances last season.

Sutton, who can play at centre-half or right-back, also has over four years’ experience in non-League with clubs such as Leek Town, Stafford Rangers, Northwich, Halifax and Nantwich.

After signing on the dotted line, Sutton told “I know that Mansfield are looking to get back into the Football League at the earliest opportunity so that was a big factor in my signing.”

Manager Paul Cox said: “I’ve had my eye on Ritchie since his days at Crewe. He is a big strong ‘unit’ who will hopefully be a good acquisition for the club.

“I believe Micky Adams wanted to offer him a new deal at Port Vale but was unable to due to their embargo problem so I have nipped in there.

“For a big lad, he is very, very quick.”