U's old boy Stockley is now a Valiant

Former Colchester United defender Sam Stockley has signed for League Two side Port Vale. The 30-year-old right-back, who made 172 senior appearances for the U's between 2002 and 2006, had been released by his last club Wycombe Wanderers.

Carl Marston

Former Colchester United defender Sam Stockley has signed for League Two side Port Vale. The 30-year-old right-back, who made 172 senior appearances for the U's between 2002 and 2006, had been released by his last club Wycombe Wanderers. He had a trial with American side FC Dallas in February, but was yesterday snapped up by Port Vale boss Lee Sinnott. Since suffering relegation from League One during the most recent season, the Valiants have signed five new players.

“Sam will bring experience and knowledge of getting out of League Two. He will be a valuable contribution to the defence,” said Sinnott, who also completed the signing of Chris Pead from Brentford yesterday.

Tiverton-born Stockley was a former trainee at Southampton. He played for both Barnet and Oxford United before then-Colchester boss Steve Whitton signed him on a free transfer. He can operate as a centre-half and sweeper, as well as his more favoured role as a full-back.

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