Port Vale striker Danny Glover has admitted that he came close to quitting football.
In an interview with BBC Radio Stoke, the 20 year old confessed that he thought about walking away from the game after seeing his father, Dean, leave his role as Port Vale Manager in May and then being placed on the transfer list by new boss Micky Adams.
The young forward, said:
“I thought I did alright in pre-season and I scored some goals, all of a sudden I was on the transfer list so I had to sit down and think about whether I wanted to carry on or take a different career path.”
“There was a lot of questions running through my head at the time, but my dad was there, he gave me some good advice and things have worked out alright for me.”
A turbulent summer for Glover at Vale Park ended with a short loan spell at non-league Salisbury in August, where he failed to register a goal in six appearances.
He has since returned to Vale Park and some good performances for the Reserves have seen him force his way into the first-team squad, coming on as a substitute in the Club’s last two matches against Stevenage and Barnet.
The youngster revealed that he was also subjected to terrace abuse from a section of supporters whilst his father was in charge, and believes the abuse affected his morale badly.
“Fans only see you for 90 minutes on a Saturday so they don’t see you out of match-day mode,” he added. “It hit me hard, and only my family knew how hard it was for me to keep struggling through.”
“I could have thrown in the towel many times and I felt like doing it on some occasions but I had good people around me to advise me.”
“My dad’s been there and done it himself. In his career he says he had this for many years before he cemented a first-team place. He knew I’d start doing well again and I sort of knew but I couldn’t guarantee that I was going to play any part this season.”
“He was helping me and helping me, and finally it’s paid off.”