AFTER coming through the most uncertain week of his fledgling career, Mike Carvill is now ready to help bring stability to Wrexham’s precarious future.
It is a challenge the highly-rated teenager certainly has the appetite for after fearing he faced the next six months out of the game, following a blunder over his paperwork.
The 19-year-old had hoped to make his Dragons bow against Peterborough last weekend, before the FA questioned whether he was a free agent.
Instead, he was a frustrated observer as Darren Ferguson’s men inflicted a third successive defeat on Brian Carey’s relegation-threatened side.
It gave Carvill, who has signed a six-month deal with Wrexham, the opportunity to examine what the current side lack: creativity and goals – and the former Charlton man is confident he can provide both.
“I watched Wrexham against Peterborough and I thought they lacked a bit of creativity up front – in the final third,” he said yesterday.
“They are struggling to get goals so I hope I can help out there. I did well at Charlton for goals. I was always the top goalscorer in the youth teams there and I came up and did well in the reserves.
“I like to be on the ball. I can play on the right, on the left or straight down the middle. I just like being on the ball and seeing how I can influence the game.”
Carvill has also had the chance to have a closer look at his new colleagues over the last week during training, expressing enthusiasm for Carey’s regime.
“I’ve been impressed,” he said. “It is different, obviously, from Charlton – a different set up, but I like it. I like it a lot. It’s a nice set-up, very friendly and everyone wants to help you.”
The spectre of relegation is not a new situation for the versatile Northern Ireland under-19 international, who was on the verge of a first-team breakthrough at Charlton before Ian Dowie was sacked.
Carvill said the Valley club descended into chaos following Dowie’s departure, with the reserve team virtually ignored as the board hunted a successor.
“I signed a pro contract at the start of the year and everything was going well under Dowie,” he added.
“But obviously he got sacked and another manager came in. When all that was happening people just forgot about the younger players and we were all missing out on games and friendlies and normal stuff. All the games were cancelled. I wasn’t happy with it and I said I wasn’t happy about it.
“When Alan Pardew came in, I asked him whether I was going to play under him and he said, ‘I couldn’t promise you.’ But I wanted to get out and play.
“I could have sat there with Charlton and they could have told me they didn’t want me in the summer and I would have been up against all of the other kids being released who are after pro contracts.”
If Carvill lives up to his early billing, it could be prove to be a particularly shrewd piece of business on Carey’s part. The Irish boss would have former Wrexham player and Northern Ireland U19 manager Shamus Heath, who made 31 appearances for the Dragons, to thank for helping the move along.
Carvill said: “There were a few other clubs looking at me but I trust Shamus, who first recommended Wrexham to me.
“People have said that it’s a gamble but I don’t think that. So long as I’m playing football, I’m happy, so it is definitely not a gamble.
“I just want to get back and get fit and see where I go from there.
“It is initially for the first six months, which suits both parties, because if I don’t do well they can get rid of me but if I do well it means I have options.
“But hopefully it will work out and I’ll sign on here and play my football for Wrexham.”