Port Vale: Andrew looking to make impact in promotion run-in
CALVIN Andrew is confident he can find his peak form and impress Vale fans in whatever position boss Micky Adams asks him to play.
The 26-year-old, who has agreed to stay with the Valiants until June, has been utilised on the left of midfield and as a central striker since joining the club on a short-term deal in November.
He admits he was lacking match sharpness and fitness when he first arrived, having been released by Crystal Palace last summer.
But two full months working under taskmaster Adams has cranked him right into top gear – and ready to help Vale keep attacking their way to promotion.
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"Being asked to play in different positions is something that's happened throughout my career and I don't mind it," he said.
"I used to play on the left wing when I was younger, but with the injuries I've had I lost a bit of pace. It's instinctive in many respects.
"The difficult thing about playing different roles is that managers have different ideas about what they want left wingers or forwards to do.
"I can make an impact wherever I play.
"I had just come back from three-and-a-half months being out of the game. My main thing has been fitness.
"I had a good game at Dagenham, but then coming back here to play Fleetwood was hard, stamina-wise, but I've got my fitness up now."
Andrew admits that signing on for this gung-ho Valiants team gunning for a shot at the League Two title was not a difficult decision.
He said: "Everyone is pulling in the same direction and the team is doing so well that to get put in among that can only bring out the best in you.
"It should be an exciting few months; we're top of the league, everyone is playing well and the manager knows how to keep everyone firing, you couldn't ask for much more.
"Now we want to end up as champions."
Andrew has played for Adams before, during a loan spell at Brighton from Palace in League One for the second half of the 2008/09 campaign.
It means being made to work hard on the training ground since his arrival in Burslem has come as no surprise.
Now he is hoping to build on five appearances from the bench and three starts to secure a regular place in the first team.
He said: "You're never truly satisfied in football as in life. I want to be doing better and starting games, of course I do.
"The team has been doing really well, though, so I just have to grit my teeth, work hard and bide my time until I get a chance. I won't be complaining.
"As long as the team carries on picking up results, everyone in that changing room will be happy.
"Micky Adams knows what I'm capable of and I'm enjoying the challenge of getting into this side."