Port Vale boss Neil Aspin has praised Dan Turner’s attitude and believes the 19-year-old will learn from his unsuccessful month on loan at Tamworth.

Turner could be in the squad at Grimsby on Saturday as Aspin decides how to replace injured 16-goal top scorer Tom Pope. Anton Forrester, Tyrone Barnett, Donovan Wilson and Turner are all in contention as Aspin decides whether to make a straight swap for Pope and stick with a 4-2-3-1 system or play 4-4-2 and bring in two strikers.

Turner had hoped to gain experience at Tamworth in January but lost his place after the National League North club changed managers. The teenager has barely featured since Aspin was appointed in October, having admitted he didn’t do well enough in substitute appearances at the start of Aspin’s reign.

However, the manager says he hasn’t written off the home-grown striker, from Stone.

The Vale boss said: “All the strikers have got a chance. Dan has experienced what it is like going out on loan and playing at a level a couple of leagues below this.

“It’s not easy, I have managed at those levels. But it has given him some more experience.

“It has probably given him a kick up the backside as well because it has shown him what it is like when you go away from the club.”

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