Hulbert keen on Vale stay

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Port Vale midfielder Robin Hulbert has told skysports.com that he is keen to stay with the Potteries club beyond his current deal.

The former Telford United, Shrewsbury Town and Bristol City man penned a two-year contract at Vale Park in the summer and is delighted with how the move has worked out.

"I'd love to stay longer. They [the squad] are a good set of lads, along with the manager and the coaching staff. Only time will tell, but I'd love to stay," he told skysports.com.

Hulbert is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but is keeping his fingers crossed that he could feature in Saturday's home clash against Oldham Athletic.

The 24-year-old collected the knock whilst featuring for the reserves and is keen to return to the side ahead of the busy festive period.

"I'll hopefully be back soon. I'm looking at Saturday's game but it's going to be important for me to feature over the busy Christmas period," he added.

Vale currently sit 18th in League One, however Hulbert believes a good run of form in December can help the side rocket up the table.

"I'm not looking at the top of the table as we're just seven points off the play-off positions.

"A lot has happened which hasn't helped. We've had a lot of injuries. We've got 10 first-teamers on the treatment table.

"A lot can change over the Christmas period so I'm not worried about our league placing."

Hulbert, who spent two months on loan with Newcastle back in 1998 is an ambitious player and is keen to play at a higher league, ideally with Port Vale. He once attracted a bid of £1 million from Aston Villa when at Swindon. 

"Obviously you set yourself goals. I'd love to play in the league above. I'm just doing as well as I can for Port Vale and hopefully I can help take them up."

The Plymouth-born midfielder had a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town in 2003 before joining Telford and believes the main difference between league football and non-league football is fitness.

"I'd say the main difference in fitness. The Conference is full-time and is not as low as it us to be. We (Telford) had bigger names than what we do at Port Vale, like Lee Mills."