Aspin handed new contract

New deal: Neil Aspin
New deal: Neil Aspin
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Neil Aspin has penned an extension to his contract with FC Halifax Town that will keep him at the Shay to the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

The former Leeds United and Port Vale defender guided the Shaymen to a second successive promotion last May.

And they are now just one division away from where the old club was playing when it went out of business in the summer of 2008.

“Basically I had a year left on my contract, had the chance to extend it and was keen to do so,” said Aspin. “Signing for a bit longer was probably the easiest decision I have ever had to make in football.

“I have a good working relationship with the chairman and we had already agreed verbally that it would happen.

“I never had any intention of going anywhere else.

“We recognise that as some favourite players stay with the club others move on, but that is football.

“It is my job and those around me to ensure we get the right pieces of the jig-saw together, to be able to compete next season.”

The club has already announced three signings with Scott McManus, David Heggarty and Liam Needham joining the club, with Scott Phelan and last season’s skipper Mark Bower the big name departures.

Aspin had been under contract for the 2011-12 season having extended his original deal with Town last summer.

And his latest contract is just reward for a remarkable couple of years in charge following the shambles of their first campaign in Unibond One North under Jim Vince.

Meanwhile, former Town striker Chris Senior has joined Alfreton following his release by Darlington.

He will link up with another former Shaymen Greg Young at the Reds after the central defender was released by York City.

The Football Conference has confirmed that fixtures for the Blue Square Bet Premier, North and South will be published on July 5.