EX-Sheffield United player Kingsley James is excited about being re-acquainted with former manager Micky Adams and intends to make a name for himself in league football.
The young defender and midfielder, aged 19, has joined former United boss Adams at Port Vale alongside fellow youngster Phil Roe, a left-sided player.
James, who hails from Brampton, had been with the Blades academy set-up since the age of 10, after being on trial at Scunthorpe. He has agreed a one-year-deal at Vale Park, while Roe has signed for six months.
A former youth-team captain, James said: “I’d like to play every game but the main thing for me is to get some league games under my belt and to try and get into the starting 11. I want to prove myself as a player and it’s a huge season for me.
“I’m excited for the fresh start and hopefully the chance to play league football at a big club.”
James was downcast about not being given a chance towards the end of last season, when youngsters were being flung into the first-team squad during United’s desperate battle to beat the drop.
Despite that, Adams liked the look of him as a player and James wants to prove his judgement correct.
“Obviously I was disappointed because I thought I’d done enough to earn the chance to get an appearance in, but it wasn’t to be. I’ve moved on from that now and looking ahead.
“I was at United under Micky and obviously when the chance to join him at Port Vale, it was a definite ‘yes’. He definitely influenced the move.”
James’ssolitary appearance for the Blades came in the Carling Cup against Hartlepool last season.