Port Vale: Andrew shaping up well in fitness bid
CALVIN Andrew is giving himself a pat on the back for having done his homework.
The striker was left without a club when he was released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season.
But he put in the hard yards to keep himself in shape during the summer and quickly felt the benefit at Port Vale.
Andrew, who joined the Valiants on a two-month deal at the end of November, admitted it had been difficult to stay motivated while training on his own, but is now thankful he persevered.
"It was pretty difficult to keep going at times," he said.
"It takes a certain type of man to have the dedication and fortitude to keep yourself fit like that for a good couple of months, but I did that.
"I was doing hill runs, boxing, going on bike rides and all sorts.
"It paid off because it meant I didn't come here miles behind the rest of the squad in terms of fitness.
"I don't think anyone is as fit as Micky Adams would like. There's 100 per cent fit and then there's Micky Adams fit."
Andrew was happy to see some familiar faces when he arrived at the club
"I already know Doug Loft as he was at Brighton when I was there and I know Jennison Myrie-Williams too, from our time together at Bristol.
"But the atmosphere in the dressing room is top drawer here.
"For any footballer going to a new club, that's the first thing you take in.
"You come in and meet the people, but the main thing is looking around the players wondering what sort of atmosphere you are coming into.
"It has been brilliant here. They are a great set of lads and there have been a lot of smiling faces."
Andrew arrived at Vale Park determined to make an impression. And he had been at the club for less than a week when he was used as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat at Sheffield United.
He has since started both of the next two games – at home to Bradford City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and then Chesterfield in League Two.
"I'm only here for two months to start with as they weren't sure how fit I would be," he said. "Hopefully, if everything goes well, I may be here for longer."