I don’t think Dave Worrall was joking when he said he’d like to stay at Port Vale until he retires.
Joe Davis wrote a feature with Dave on the official website that’s well worth a read. In it he talks about thinking his time was probably up at the club but how things have changed for him in the last year or so.
He’s a regular in the team, he’s been one of our best players this past season and he signed a new contract in February to keep him here at least until 2022.
He’s only 29 now but he’s happy at the Vale. It’s only 45 minutes away from his home in Manchester and, what’s more, he’s involved in coaching in the academy.
So, plenty of reasons to think about a long term future at Vale Park.
It’s been a big turnaround from last year when it looked as though he might be on his way out. But he’s a quality player which he’s shown with how he’s performed this year.
Any footballer can have a bad few months, or even 12 months, with form dipping. But when you have his energy and enthusiasm that dip only lasts so long.
He’s played at a higher level and won promotions and that doesn’t happen if you are not giving your all. From a manager’s point of view, when you see someone running as hard and with as much pace as he does then you want them in your team.
He’s got quality as well – in fact apparently he’s averaged more ‘key passes’ in a game that lead to a shot on goal than anyone in English football other than Kevin de Bruyne.
Yep. I can only think I was on the bench for most of them!
Just kidding. He’s a clever player and he always says to me that, whenever he gets to the byline, he’s going to ‘stand it’ which is perfect for me.
That is why I am always at the back post. You try to get that understanding with players. Some just don’t get it but he will tell me to stay at the back and try to stand it up for me.
When a cross is stood up to the back post it is very difficult for a defender from a standing jump, especially if I can come in over the top of them.
The only problem is the keeper might come for it, but you just hope that, on that one occasion he doesn’t, you can bury it.
A lot of wingers try to get the ball into the box as hard as they can. Also, they don’t slow themselves down before crossing which means the ball into the box is inconsistent.
I’m not the quickest and, especially if I am up front on my own, I am normally dealing with two centre halves. So, if I try to go to the near post or pull around the back, usually a defender has hold of me.
But if I am already stood out the back and the ball is floated in I can have a running jump on it and hopefully get above the defender. That’s what I have done for most of my career.
We’ll see if Dave retires here but I certainly think the foundations are here for him to stay here at the Vale for the next few years. Hopefully he can keep performing as he has been.