Vale boss Adams signs up former Rovers player

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams, who left Sheffield United in May, has made striker Ben Williamson and midfielder Ryan Burge his first signings of the summer.

Both arrive from non-league Hyde, the English partner club of Glenn Hoddle’s Academy, which is based in Spain.

Williamson, 22, ended last season with Bournemouth and has agreed a season-long loan, while Burge, who played on a short-term deal with Doncaster Rovers last term, has signed a two-year deal. “Both Ryan and Ben are two young players with a lot of potential,” boss Micky Adams said.

“We believe the pair can have a big impact. We are delighted that Ben has agreed to join us, especially as he has turned down a deal at Bournemouth to come. Ryan is a creative central midfielder and will bring plenty of quality on the ball, but he is also a very hard-working individual.” Former Birmingham City trainee Burge made five appearances on loan at Oxford United towards the end of the season.

Neil Duncanson, the Glenn Hoddle Academy’s commercial director said: “Ryan is very strong, powerful and suited to the front of a diamond in central midfield. He’s a creative player who can take an excellent dead ball. Ben is very fast with a good eye for goal. He has fantastic movement off the ball. We hope they will work their way to the top of the game, and think Micky is a great manager for them to be working under to achieve that.”