Louis Dodds | MIdfield/FORWARD











5ft 10"


player bio

Highly experienced attacking player who joined the Pitmen in June 2020 after a season at Vanarama National League side Chorley


Sheffield-born but raised in Leicester, Dodds joined Leicester City's youth system at the age of ten before signing professional forms with the Foxes in summer of 2006. After being called up to the England U18 side during the close season, he was loaned out to Nationwide Conference outfit Northwich Victoria at the start of the 2006-2007 season for a month to gain first-team football, with the deal being extended in November 2006 for a further month


After returning to the Walkers Stadium, Dodds was loaned back out in February 2007 as he joined Rochdale on a deal until the end of the season. He scored twice in six starts for Dale before returning to Leicester in May 2007


A third loan spell followed in August 2007 with a season-long loan move to League Two side Lincoln City. This was to prove a fine move for the youngster, who was a virtual ever-present for the Imps during the following season and scored the club's goal of the season with a superb long-range effort against Wycombe Wanderers


Such was his impact at Sincil Bank, Dodds was touted as a permanent signing for the club in the summer of 2008 after he was released by Leicester. However, he eventually joined another League Two side in the form of Port Vale, who signed Dodds on a two-year deal


This was to prove a masterstroke of a move, as Dodds went on to spend the next eight seasons at Vale Park and in doing so made over 300 appearances for the Valiants. He made an early impact on the supporters with a debut goal against Luton Town in August 2008 and went on to score ten times from forty-eight games in his first season


Dodds followed this up with seven goals in forty-eight games the following season, despite being part of the whole Port Vale squad being transfer-listed by new manager Micky Adams earlier in the season. His form over the campaign saw Adams offer Dodds a two-year extension in the summer of 2010


Playing alongside future Hednesford men Kris Taylor, James Lawrie and Danny Glover, Dodds found himself on the sidelines at the start of the 2010-2011 campaign as new manager Jim Gannon favoured other players in his position. Dodds forced his way back into the side however after Gannon had been dismissed, admitting that he would have left the club had Gannon remained in charge. He ended up with another double-figure goal haul, mainly as an attacking midfielder, as Vale finished in eleventh place in League Two


Another frustrating start to the following season saw Dodds amongst the substitutes for most of the first half of the 2011-2012 season, with the player admitting that his versatility was a reason why he could not nail down a regular place in the side. He returned to the side after Christmas and was back amongst the goals for Vale, earning him another contract extension in May 2012


2012-2013 finally saw Dodds given a run in the side up front, playing just behind the prolific Tom Pope in a move that saw Vale make a flying start to the campaign. He once again claimed the club's goal of the season for a fantastic strike against Fleetwood Town in September. Micky Adams had returned to the club as manager and dropped the player for a spell before he returned to the side in time to help Vale clinch promotion to League One in April 2013


Vale's first season at League One level in five seasons was to prove a successful one as they consolidated themselves well with a solid ninth-place finish in 2013-2014. Dodds was deployed mainly in central midfield for much of the campaign, once again proving his versatile nature even at a higher level


The 2014-2015 season was more of a struggle for Vale as they languished towards the foot of the League One table for much of the campaign, with Dodds taking half a season to get on the scoresheet. Once again, however, his impressive form and commitment to the club saw him earn another one-year extension to his contract in May 2015


His final season at Vale saw Dodds back amongst the goals, scoring eight goals as Vale finished in twelfth place in the table at the end of the season. Dodds was named the away travel supporters player of the year, but he elected to walk away from the club in the summer of 2016 and make the short journey to league rivals Shrewsbury Town


His first of two seasons at Greenhous Meadow was a great success as he finished the season as the Shrews' top scorer with ten goals as Paul Hurst's side just avoided relegation back to League Two. The following season saw Hurst use Dodds sparingly as a squad player after a phenomenal start to the campaign saw the Shrews shoot to the top of the league table


In January 2018, Dodds left Shrewsbury and signed an eighteen-month contract with League Two side Chesterfield with the Spireites staring relegation to non-league in the face. They finished rock bottom of the Football League at the end of the 2017-2018 season and were kicked down into the Vanarama National League for the following season


Before the season started, Chesterfield agreed to loan Dodds back to former club Port Vale on a season-long deal. He played a handful of games for the now-League Two Vale before returning to Chesterfield in January 2019


In the summer of 2019, Dodds linked up with Vanarama National League newcomers Chorley for their pre-season campaign and impressed manager Jamie Vermigilio sufficiently to earn a one-year deal at Victory Park. He made over twenty appearances for the Magpies before the season was brought to an abrupt halt in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic


Dodds announced in May 2020 he was to leave Chorley after one season there and linked up with former Port Vale team-mates Glover and Dan Turner at Keys Park after agreeing terms with the Pitmen in June 2020


* Denotes playing records removed after the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons were voided due to coronavirus pandemic

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