Port Vale to sign Shrewsbury's Jules

Zak Jules of Reading holds off Emmanuel Sonupe of Spurs during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Reading U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at Adams Park on March 3, 2016 in High...

HITC Sport understands Shrewsbury defender is set for League Two loan.

Zak Jules of Reading holds off Emmanuel Sonupe of Spurs during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Reading U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at Adams Park on March 3, 2016 in High...

Shrewsbury Town defender Zak Jules is set to join Port Vale on loan, HITC Sport understands.

Jules joined Shrewsbury last summer after leaving Reading, but he has yet to make his first-team debut for the club.

The 20-year-old joined Chesterfield on loan on transfer deadline day in the summer, but saw his stay at the League Two club cut short by a serious hamstring injury.

Jules made six appearances for Chesterfield in League Two before suffering the hamstring injury against Yeovi in September.

Czech' Republic forward Martin Graiciar (R) vies with Scotland's defender Zak Jules during the Under 21 international football third place match Czech Republic vs Scotland at the de Lattre-... Zak Jules in action for Scotland's Under-21s 

The powerful central defender underwent surgery on the injury, but he is now back to full fitness and Shrewsbury are happy to loan him out for the second half of the season.

Jules is unlikely to break into the Shrewsbury side with the team currently riding high in second spot in League One as they chase promotion, but they feel a loan move will help Jules regain match sharpness after his lengthy lay-off.

A number of clubs have expressed an interest in taking the Scotland Under-21 international on loan, but Port Vale have moved quickly to agree a deal with Shrewsbury for Jules.

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