Connell Rawlinson revealed how John Askey made a late bid to keep him at Port Vale but said Notts County made him feel “wanted and needed”.

The defender joined the Magpies in the summer after he left the League Two side by mutual consent after playing 36 games in all competitions for Vale last season.

But he revealed how a family bereavement led to him losing his place in the team and after being unable to force his way back in was put on the transfer list.

After a hugely impressive pre-season, Rawlinson said that boss Askey wanted him to stay, but admitted the offer from the Magpies was too good to turn down.

“I had a decent season last year under Neil Aspin at Vale,” he said.

“I played 36 games across all competitions when I arrived.

“But I had a bereavement in the family and had a couple of weeks off.

“At the time John Askey was taking over as manager, and the lads had done well while I was away.”

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