Port Vale boss John Askey has told Stoke-on-Trent Live that a healthy relationship with Nottingham Forest could bode well when it comes to keeping loan star Jake Taylor.

The 21-year-old has scored four goals in 15 games for the Valiants and recently smashed the winner in the club’s big derby-day contest against Crewe Alexandra.

Taylor is now a first-team regular at Vale Park and Askey believes a steady bond with Forest will help the club keep the midfielder beyond the current January agreement.

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He told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “I know there will be one or two clubs looking but we have a decent relationship with Gary Brazil, who played here and who looks after Jake, so they can see he’s being looked after.”

Askey also believes the Vale owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan might have played their part in persuading Taylor to stick with the Valiants.

The on-loan Forest man had his car broken into during last week but Carol quickly put things right for the youngster.

Askey continued: “That’s where Carol has come in this week. Jake had his car broken into and Carol fixed him up with a car within two hours of it happening. Things like that can go a long way.

“A lot of football clubs would just say ‘get on with it’, we are seeing that we are taking care of players now. It means a lot when you are at work and people care about you, you go out of your way to do that little bit extra.”

Taylor was a mainstay in the under-23 ranks last season but hasn’t made a first-team appearance at the City Ground.

Pastures new

His contract expires during the summer of 2020 and given that he’s yet to make a mark on the first-team, it seems unlikely he will win a new deal.

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His form for Port Vale has been good though. He has looked assured in the middle of the park and showed maturity way beyond his tender years.

Whilst playing for Forest looks to be a missed opportunity for the player, his form in League Two has highlighted that he could still forge a successful career somewhere else.

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