Harry's game has a bright future at Vale
THE foundations have been set at Deveronvale, and Harry Noble wants to be part of a bright future in Banff.
That’s why the 24-year-old wing back signed a contract extension to keep him at Vale until the summer of 2022.
Noble is one of a number of Vale players putting pen to paper on longer-term deals, buying in to manager Steve Dolan’s plans at Princess Royal Park.
“I’m enjoying my football for the first time in a while,” he said. “Recently three or four boys signed two-year deals and the manager is keen for everyone to sign for more than a year so we can stick with the same team for a while.
“That’s got to be good for the future. It’s quite a young team and everyone puts in a fair shift.
“The manager said to me when he asked me to sign, he was on about the other boys who had already signed for another two years.
“He wants us to keep going instead of losing players every year and having to find new boys.”
Part of a young squad at the Banff outfit, the former Buckie Thistle and Lossiemouth defender recently returned from a knee injury to spearhead a run of improved results for his team.
“I tore the cartilage in my left knee. I missed the whole of pre season as I did it the week before.
“I missed about three months. Our Wednesday night game against Buckie last month was my first start and I came on as sub for a couple of games before that.
“I still feel it, the tear isn’t quite rounded off so I sometimes feel it when I overstretch. But when I do it once, I don’t feel it again and I just play through it.”
Deveronvale endured a two-month wait for a win after their 4-0 success over Huntly on August 10.But a 3-0 derby success at Turriff sparked a four-game winning streak in a profitable month of October and a rise up the league table.
“The first eight games we
only won one but that was all the top sides we played,” Noble said.
“We were still playing well, the performance levels were decent enough but quite often we were getting beat by the odd goal.
“Buckie beat us 1-0 and Brora was 2-0, Locos beat us 2-1. We were playing quite well but not always taking our chances or getting that wee bit of luck.
“Turriff was the first game when we started to put away the chances and that gave us some confidence.”
Noble regularly plays as a wing back, and links up on the left side of the Vale team with pal Robert Scott, who like Noble came through the ranks of Buckie Thistle and Buckie Rovers before making the switch to Banff.
Quite often Robert is playing in front of me and we work quite well together. We have played for quite a few years together.
“He’s only 22 but like myself and the likes of Kyle Gauld who was also at Buckie with us, we’re still quite young but we’ve played a fair amount of football at this level now.”