Jay O’Shea joins Port Vale on loan
For the second time this season, Birmingham City attacker James “Jay” O’Shea has been sent out on loan. This time, he’s joined up with League One side Port Vale.
The 22 year old winger had been on loan with Stevenage for an initial one month, which was eventually extended to three months. In that time, he played five league and two cup games, before returning to Birmingham City last Sunday. Port Vale is O’Shea’s third loan club in two seasons since joining Birmingham, having played twice for Middlesbrough last year. O’Shea has also lined out three times for his parent club, including a substitute appearance in the league against Man United.
Port Vale play Cheltenham on Saturday, and O’Shea is eager to get his loan move off to a good start. “I am very pleased to be here,” he told the club’s website. “It was good, the way it came about so quick just after I got back from Stevenage, so it means I wasn’t sitting around playing reserves football for Birmingham and I am looking forward to playing on Saturday.
“It took me a while to adjust when I went to Stevenage and hopefully now I can kick on and show what I can do and get some goals and do well for the team.
“I am happy as long as I am attacking, whether I am in the middle, on the right or on the left, I don’t really mind. My favourite position is in behind the strikers in the hole, where I can get running at people and hopefully get some shots off.”
New Port Vale boss Jim Gannon has been keeping an eye on O’Shea for a while now, and even tried to sign him when he was managing in the Scottish Premier League. “I have tracked the progress of James’ career carefully, having previously tried to sign him when I was manager at Motherwell and he was at Galway United,” Gannon told the club’s official website. “Unfortunately, on that occasion he went to Birmingham City, but I am delighted we have managed to sign him on loan now for Port Vale.
“He is a player with creative flair who can bring a real attacking dimension to the team, and I certain he will complement our squad here and work well with our existing players.”