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O'Connor targets promotion

Michael O'Connor believes he can bring a winning mentality to Port Vale and help them to promotion from League One next season.

Vale finished ninth last term, 13 points below the play-off places, but O'Connor feels the potential is there to climb up the table.

"I had two promotions at Rotherham back-to-back, so it's good to come to another club and bring that success with you," he told Vale's official website.

"It's good to have that on your CV and I'm not coming here to keep them in the league because hopefully getting them into the play-offs will be an achievable aim.

"I was in and out of the team last season at Rotherham, so I just want to come here and play as much as I can.

"Hopefully, in the process, I'll help get this club as high up as possible, because it has the infrastructure to be a massive club."

Having progressed through the famous Crewe academy system, O'Connor went on to play for Scunthorpe before joining Rotherham and brings with him a wealth of experience, despite still being just 26.

The Northern Ireland international added: "I'm happy to sign for Port Vale, I've had three weeks where I didn't know what I was doing but the gaffer rang me last week and told me he wanted to sign me and I jumped at the chance to sign because this club has the potential to do big things."