Stockport County defender Gareth Owen has said that he will not be discussing terms with any club other than League Two side Port Vale when the transfer window opens in January. The 26 year old is currently on loan at Vale Park, despite having earlier spent a highly successful month with the Glovers just before that.
Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade had hoped to extend Owen's stay at Huish Park and was impressed enough to want to look at getting him in on a permanent basis. However, Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and the Yeovil Town board refused to sanction a loan extension on the basis that they wanted to wait until the January transfer window opened before agreeing any permanent deals.
The snag was that Owen wanted the security of a permanent deal to be placed on the table up front, and when Port Vale jumped in with the offer of a two and a half year contract, the central defender agreed to team up with the League Two side. Owen has today told local paper The Sentinel that even if the Glovers come back in for him in the New Year, he will not be changing his decision to head to the Staffordshire club, even though league rules entitle him to do so:
"I don't like breaking my word. I spoke to the Vale chairman Bill Bratt and a deal has been agreed in principle. That was one of the main reasons for me joining on loan, because the club were very good to me in putting an offer on the table. So when my loan spell runs out, on January 5, everything should be in place as long as that deal is still in place. If it is, I don't see any problems. All that matters to me is playing week in, week out. There's not a lot of difference between League One and Two, so that isn't a big factor."
One of the problems that Slade faces as the re-opening of the transfer window looms ever closer is that many such deals are often tied up verbally between clubs and agents weeks before the paperwork can be handed over to the footballing authorities. Hence if he is not able to make any such promises in advance of the window opening then he risks the chances of other such targets moving elsewhere.
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