Nick Chadwick has given his biggest hint yet that he may have to
finally walk away from Goodison Park.
The 21-year-old has made no secret of the fact that he has been
continually frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities but
he has always vowed to fight for his chance.
Chadwick's attitude hasn't altered but as he approaches
his 22nd birthday next week his outlook is starting to change and
he realises that first team football is becoming a necessity.
He told evertonfc.com: "I've clung onto that hope for a
few seasons now and it hasn't really materialised. But I'm
never going to give up on that for as long as I'm here.
"That's something that I'm always going to be
working towards but sometimes you need to step back and take an
objective look to see what you can do to help yourself because I
don't think playing in the reserves for a season longer would
help my whole career.
"I'm nearly 22 now, I've been out on loan a few
times but I've got to be realistic and look at it and think it
might not happen for me here."
Chadwick, who scored in last night's 3-1 win over Aston
Villa reserves, has already held discussions over what the future
holds for him at Goodison.
A second-string regular for over four years he has made just a
handful of senior starts and he knows that if the current situation
continues it could have a damaging effect on his long-term
"As a player I don't think I can play reserve team
football for much longer," he admitted. "It's been
four seasons now and anybody will tell you that playing in the
reserves for that long doesn't do anyone's career any
"I've spoken to the people that matter at the club
about it. Everybody knows where everybody else stands, so we'll
be seeing what happens in January.
"It's all about being out there and being at the sharp
end of the game and being there to be judged."
Chadwick's record this season doesn't read too badly,
having played one and scored one after coming on as a substitute in
the Carling Cup game with Bristol City.
The Blues are back in League Cup action next week against
Preston North End at Goodison and Chaddy is desperate for another
opportunity to try and impress in the senior set-up.
"Perhaps the Carling cup is something that I'm looking
at," he continued. "I played in the last game and scored
so I'm hopeful that perhaps I'll be included