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New Port Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson 'has matured'

Port Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson
Stuart Tomlinson played 20 league games for Barrow last season

Stuart Tomlinson is ready to challenge for Port Vale's number one jersey following his move from Barrow.

The 25-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke that spending a year in non-league football has helped him mature.

"Last year was a good learning curve for me and I feel better for having that experience," said Tomlinson, who has just signed a one-year deal.

"A lot of people will see goalkeepers get better as they mature and that year has done me the world of good."

The former Crewe goalkeeper hopes to win the battle with regular Chris Martin at Vale Park, and believes that working with goalkeeping coach Mark Grew will help his cause.

"I worked with 'Grewy' in the last pre-season," added Tomlinson, who enjoyed a trial spell at the League Two club in summer 2009.

"The work was short and sharp, and I look forward to working with both him and Chris.

"Chris has done well last year, and he's got the shirt at the moment. All I can do is push him, and obviously if I'm not playing, work as hard as I can in training to try and get a go."

Tomlinson played 20 league games for Barrow last season and also started in their FA Trophy final victory over Stevenage at Wembley in May.

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