Liverpool loanee Sam Hart believes first-team football at Port Vale is the best thing for him, and doesn’t mind where he plays, so long as the Valiants get three points.
Hart, 20, came through the Manchester United youth system before joining rivals Liverpool in 2013.
The Bolton-born left-back says he is relishing the opportunity of first-team football at Vale Park.
Hart said: “I’m a young boy learning the ropes in league football so to be out on loan for a season is really benefiting me as a player.
“It really gives me a platform to show what I’ve got.
“Obviously it takes confidence [to improve]. In the first league game I was a bit nervous, just feeling my way into it, but I feel really comfortable now.
“Meeting new people, new players, new surroundings and new managers – it takes a few weeks to get used to it.
“There is a difference in the physicality and the experience of playing against people a lot older than me, so I’m just trying to learn from them really.”
Nominally a full-back, Hart has been tasked with playing on the left side of midfield, but is enjoying the freedom he is afforded by playing in a more advanced role.
He said: “I prefer left-back, that’s what I’ve grown up with, but if the manager trusts me to play left-wing then that’s what I’ll keep on doing.
“I’m a very attacking full-back, so it’s not very different really. It’s just playing higher up the field.
“It gives me more of a license to go forward and to try and beat players which I what I love doing.”
He has made four league appearances for the Valiants so far – and says he would recommend going out on loan to any youngster looking to progress in the game.
He said: “I feel like I’ve improved a lot. It’s a men’s game here, while I’m used to under-23 football, to be on loan here and playing senior football is really good for me.
“I’ve been speaking to people at Liverpool and saying it’s the best thing for you. There’s nothing that compares to men’s football. It’s a completely different game.
“I’m loving being in the starting eleven. Hopefully it carries on but so long as the team do well and get three points that’s all that matters.”
He is also enjoying some of Vale’s trips to big stadiums.
“It’s great going to Sheffield United and going to MK Dons, they are the big games and the ones everyone wants to play in. So hopefully if I get a run-out I can play well.”
Port Vale play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this Saturday, Oct 15 (3pm K.O.).