Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson delighted to get his first goal for Port Vale
BURSLEM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Ryan Edmondson of Port Vale during the Sky Bet League Two match between Port Vale and Forest Green Rovers at Vale Park on February 01, 2022 in Burslem, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Leeds United loan striker Ryan Edmondson admits that he is delighted to get his first goal for Port Vale after netting the opener in the 1-1 draw to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old hooked the ball home from close range after latching on to a Chris Hussey corner delivery to hand Vale an early lead before Matty Stevens' 20th goal of the season with nine minutes remaining ensured the points would be shared.

Edmondson was the first of Darrell Clarke's eight additions in the January transfer window and the clash against top of the table was his fifth appearance for the Valiants, but only his second start.

On getting his first goal for the club

After the game, the striker said that to record his first goal for the club is a great achievement.

"I think as a striker you claim everything you can, but to get off the mark, it is a massive thing for any striker.

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"[I’ve made] Three or four appearances now so to get off the mark this early is a great achievement.

"It is a shame about the result, but on a personal note I am very happy."

On settling into life at Vale

Edmondson, who is in his fourth spell out on loan, went on to say that he is really enjoying life and has settled in well so far at Vale Park.

"I have loved coming into the club. The club is a really positive environment to be in”, he said.

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"I think for a young striker, [It’s good] to get off the mark this early, especially with the players, the manager, and the coaching staff around you supporting you 100%, so I just can't wait to get going again on Saturday.

On Vale's promotion push

Tuesday's result, against a side that haven't lost away from home in the league all season, sees the Valiants remain in ninth, only three points away from the play-off places, and with the talent that Vale have within their reach, Edmondson fully believes that they can put in a bid for promotion this campaign.

"When you see the two performances we have put in against the top of the league who are absolutely flying, we are more than up there.

"We have got the capability, we have got the talent within the squad, so why not."