Port Vale: Tadhg Purcell plea to end his Ireland exile
TADHG Purcell is desperate to put a year-long nightmare behind him by making a fresh start at Port Vale.
The Irish striker is hoping boss Micky Adams will offer him a return route to the game in England after a pre-season trial with the club.
The 26-year-old has been on loan at League of Ireland outfit Cork City, having fallen out of favour at parent club Northampton Town, where he picked up an horrific injury on his home debut.
But after scoring four goals during Vale's summer warm-up, he's eager to sign up.
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"It would mean an awful lot to me to win a contract at Vale," he said.
"Getting back into the professional game in England is my number one target now.
"I'm here to spend time with the club and play a few games, so hopefully I can impress the manager enough to make him offer me a deal.
"I'm out to make his decision a no-brainer in the end but, as a striker, it's goals that matter."
Purcell, back on home soil for Vale's pre-season trip to Ireland this week, hit nine goals in 22 games for Darlington during his first spell in England in 2009. He moved to Northampton on a free transfer at the start of the following season, but was soon regretting it.
"My time at Northampton was a bit of a nightmare," he added. "I had a bad start when I did my right knee in my first home game and things went from bad to worse.
"It was a complicated injury and it took an awful long time to come back from it. Then there was a change of management and things didn't work out for me there.
"It was tough, but you go through these things. It was just unfortunate that it happened at that stage.
"But I'm through it now, and hopefully I can make up for time lost.
"Micky was interested in signing me when I was at Darlington and now he's given me this chance, so hopefully I can pick up a deal here."