Port Vale: Andrew relishes his role as middle man
CALVIN Andrew is happy to be a jack of all trades if it helps him to win a long-term deal at Vale Park.
The striker was the surprise choice for a place on the left of midfield at Dagenham and Redbridge.
But far from looking like a fish out of water, Andrew impressed with a hard-working and eye-catching display.
And he's more than ready to continue in a less familiar role as part of his bid to earn an extended contract.
The 26-year-old, released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season, is due to remain with the Valiants until January 25. But he's keen to stay longer.
"I originally came here to help get my fitness back," he said, "and, if anyone knows Micky Adams, he's the sort of manager who will certainly help on that score.
"I feel great and I'm grateful to the manager for giving me the opportunity.
"Hopefully I can put in the performances that will make him want to extend my contract."
With regular wide man Ashley Vincent still out with a stomach bug, Andrew was brought into the team when Doug Loft was hit by a calf strain.
And the 6ft 2in front man revealed it wasn't the first time he'd been asked to play in a midfield role.
"It felt different, but the manager knows I can play there," he said.
"It's something I've often had to do during my career.
"If I'm not playing up top, then I can do a job out there. Actually I really enjoyed it, though it might not have looked like that at the end. It was my first 90 minutes in a long time.
"It's always nice to be in a winning team."
Andrew reckoned Vale's 3-2 win at Dagenham was fully deserved.
"It was a good, hard-fought three points," he added.
"We took our goals well and it was a great way to end 2012, particularly as it took us to the top of the table.
"Everyone knows Christmas is a hard period with so many games in such a short space of time.
"If you can come out the other end of it in a good position then it's very positive for the club.
"That's back-to-back away wins, but we won't get carried away.
"We have another game tomorrow, so we'll recuperate and go from there.
"It's going to be a hard game against Fleetwood, but with the two wins we've got at Christmas, we'll go in against them confident."