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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 14:53 GMT
Vale offer Durnin a chance
Port Vale will get a commited and passionate player in John Durnin
John Durnin has always played with passion
John Durnin has made a return to the Football League at the age of 36.

The vastly experienced striker has his sights firmly fixed on helping Port Vale climb away from the Second Division relegation zone.

Former Oxford and Portsmouth striker Durnin has joined the Valiants on a non-contract basis from League of Wales side Rhyl, where he was coach.

The move reunites Durnin with his former manager at the Manor Ground, Vale boss Brian Horton.

Horton was looking for an experienced head to help a side with an average age of 22.

If I can stay until the end of the season then all the better for me and it means I'm doing something right
John Durnin

Durnin is now looking to repay the faith shown in him by Horton by firing the goals to lift Vale to safety.

Durnin told Port Vale's official website: "It was brilliant to be contacted by Brian.

"I've kept in touch with him and he's done me a favour and hopefully I can return that.

"If I can stay until the end of the season then all the better for me and it means I'm doing something right.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope the results come our way."

Vale have collected just three wins since the start of October, but have kept clear of the bottom three with a clutch of draws.

After six seasons with Portsmouth, Durnin had brief spells with Blackpool and Carlisle.

He scored nine Division Three goals for Kidderminster Harriers last season.

Durnin, who may operate from a midfield role, believes they can go on to better things.

"I'm confident we can get out of the mess we're in and we just need that one win."

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