HARTLEPOOL United midfielder Ritchie Humphreys has left Victoria Park to move to Port Vale.

Humphreys racked up 230 consecutive Football League appearances, a run which was ended in the defeat at Hereford two weeks ago when he was named on the bench.

That was the first time he had not been named in the first XI since October 2001.

And he will spend a month at the League One side with opportunites limited at Victoria Park.

Humphreys trained with Pools on Thursday and joins up with his temporary team-mates today ahead of tomorrow's game with Blackpool.