Released Mansfield Town defender Mal Benning joins Port Vale

Ex-Mansfield Town star Mal Benning has linked up with former Stags boss Darrell Clarke at League Two rivals Port Vale.
Mal Benning in Stags action at Port Vale.Mal Benning in Stags action at Port Vale.
Mal Benning in Stags action at Port Vale.

Defender Benning, 27, has made over 300 career appearances, more than 260 of which were in the EFL across both Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two, and is now about to sign a one-year contract at Vale Park.

Boss Clarke said: “Mal is an experienced player at this level and has proven his ability over six seasons at Mansfield where he’s played regular football.

“He is familiar with the demands of the division and is still at a very good age considering how many EFL games he has got under his belt. “We are looking forward to welcoming Mal for pre-season and integrating him in the squad.”

Benning started out at Walsall and had a loan spell at York City before joining Mansfield in 2015 but was released by mutual consent for a 'new challenge' by Stags manager Nigel Clough this summer.