ADAM Boyd hasn’t given up hope of firing his way to a new deal at Hartlepool United.
The 28-year-old has cut something of a forlorn figure around Victoria Park this season, starting more times at reserve-team level than at senior.
But it was a stunning strike for Micky Barron’s second string last week which earned him a rare first-team chance against Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Boyd duly responded with a goal and, with five games remaining before the end of the season, the Pools-born striker is still dreaming of winning a stay at The Vic.
“It hasn’t been a good season for me if I’m honest and it’s been pretty hard work,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
“You come in every day and it’s hard when you’ve got nothing to look forward to.
“But you’ve got to snap out of that and take your chance.
“I don’t know if I’m in the manager’s plans but I’d like to be.
“You never know what’s around the corner and you’ve got to take your chance with both hands.”
Boyd re-signed for Pools from Leyton Orient in the summer of 2009 having left for Luton Town in a £500k deal three years earlier.
His current contract expires in June, but the former Manor College schoolboy believes that an end-of-season goals glut could win him an extension.
“I came back to my hometown club and when I did I planned for it to be for good,” he added.
“And I definitely still hope that proves to be the case.
“If I can get a run in the team and get a few goals I could kick on from there. It could all change so quickly.”
Boyd’s first-half blast during last weekend’s 3-1 win over The Glovers was his third of the season.
And, while he is happy with the club’s league position, he wishes he could have contributed more during the past nine months.
“If you look at the points total we’re already where we were last season and that’s great,” he said.
“For me, I was sub on the first day but then started about six or seven after that.
“But the system changed and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“There’s been once or twice when I thought I might have a chance at getting back in but it hasn’t worked out.
“Hopefully now though I can get another chance, get some goals and enjoy it again.”