Port Vale: Chilvers eager to grab full-time chance
LIAM Chilvers is desperate to swap nappies and baby grows for a full-time return to professional football.
The 31-year-old, who started his second loan spell with Port Vale on Thursday, has been looking after eight-month-old son Oscar during a part-time spell with Blue Square Premier outfit AFC Telford.
But as much as he loves to spend time with the recent addition to his family, he's keen to secure a permanent deal at Vale Park.
Chilvers, who was a first-half substitute in the 3-1 win at Aldershot, said: "I took a risk dropping out of the professional game to go to Telford, but it was mainly to stay fit and play games.
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"My wife had to go back to work and I've been looking after the baby. It's been like daddy day care.
"I enjoy spending time with him, but I've always wanted to get back into football and when the chance came this week, it didn't take a lot of thinking about."
Chilvers says he is now determined to grasp his chance at high-flying Vale.
"I want to play as many games as I can while I'm here and help the lads stay where they are because they've done brilliantly," he added.
"Ultimately, I would like to have done enough to be offered something in January.
"I'm desperate to stay in the professional game and carry on my career as long as I can because you don't realise how much you have enjoyed it until you step out of it.
"I'd love it to be sorted out quickly, but that's down to me and my performances."
Chilvers admitted he'd been nervous when he got the call to action at Aldershot so early.
"There was a bit of apprehension when I went on," he admitted.
"I've been playing in the Blue Square Premier, so you don't quite know what the difference is going to be in terms of how the league has been this season.
"There are a few things I will get better at as I'm training every day and play more games, but I enjoyed it and hopefully it's only the start.
"It's a difficult place to come and it was a good result, especially as the conditions were so bad.
"These sort of wins show the desire within the squad. I'm sure it wasn't pretty to watch and it wasn't particularly pretty to play in, but we got the result."