Port Vale: Davis admits play-off chase is a family affair
TEENAGE defender Joe Davis is hoping the race for promotion can be a family affair.
The 18-year-old, who was crowned Vale's young player of the season this week, is getting right behind the play-off push at neighbours Crewe, where dad, Steve, is the manager and older brother Harry a key defender.
And Davis, who won the coveted award despite starting only six games this season, is hoping to help do his family a favour.
"If we can beat Oxford, or even just stop them from winning, that would put Crewe in the play-offs," he said.
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"I'll be keeping an eye on how they get on too, so hopefully it can be a good weekend all round."
And if the Alex progressed through the semi-finals to seal a trip to Wembley? "I would definitely be there," he added.
The second-year apprentice, who has already been offered a new contract by the club, made his first-team debut in the 1-0 home win against Hereford United on March 20, and has delivered some impressive displays.
"Coming into the first team from youth and reserve-team football was a big step up, but I had to go in and just do my best. Luckily, that's been good enough so far," he said.
"I think I've held my own and done quite well, but there's a long way to go. The tempo is faster and you're playing against better players – but I don't fear that."
Davis insists he has enjoyed the physical aspect of life as a League Two defender as much as anything else.
"There are some big strikers in this league and I have had some good tussles already," he said. "I love a challenge and always have done.
"It has been brilliant to get some games for the first team. It's something I've always wanted and have been waiting for.
"I've still got things to learn, but the lads have been great in helping me."
So well, in fact, that he was presented with that sought-after prize at Tuesday's awards night.
"I didn't expect that," said a beaming Davis. "To win the Young Player trophy was brilliant.
"There are not that many young players here, but it is still a big accolade to win.
"I'd like to thank the fans who voted for me. It's nice to get some recognition."