Doug Loft enjoying best run in Port Vale team

Port Vale midfielder Doug Loft
Loft scored his fifth goal of the season in Vale's last win at Bristol Rovers

Doug Loft believes he is currently enjoying his most consistent spell of form since joining Port Vale on a free transfer from Brighton in 2009.

The midfielder, 24, has scored five goals in 15 appearances for the League Two club this season, having netted four times in the previous two years.

"I've been given the licence to get on the ball a lot more and do what I want," Loft told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I think I'm playing well. I'm pleased with my performances at the moment."

Loft's contribution of goals from midfield has been matched or bettered by three of his colleagues - Marc Richards, Sean Rigg and Gary Roberts have all scored at least five times for Port Vale so far this season.

"I'm happy with my tally so far and I'd definitely like to build on that," added Loft, who is part of the Vale squad preparing for the visit of Swindon on Saturday.

"We've got a lot of players that are stepping up to the plate with goals.

"Competition for places is immense at the moment. Everyone's on their game and everyone wants to do everything they can to keep their shirt."