Aspin satisfied with first session

Halifax Town training at Spring Hall, Halifax.
Halifax Town training at Spring Hall, Halifax.
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Manager Neil Aspin said he was happy with the fitness levels of his new look squad after they met for their first pre-season training session.

The Shaymen squad, including new signings Dale Johnson, Ben Futcher, Jon Worthington, Chris Worsley, Dan Gardner and Gareth Seddon, were put through their paces on Saturday.

They spent an hour at Spring Hall running track before returning to the Shay for a workout on the 5-a-side court.

Manager Neil Aspin said he was pleased with the players’ fitness level after the summer break.

“I’m always pleased to get back, obviously there are a lot of new faces and they have to settle into the club but it was a good first session.

“A lot of these lads only met for the first time today, I think the most important thing is that you’ve got to get yourself fit but you’ve got to make sure you don’t pick up injuries so it’s case of making sure that you’re well stretched off and then doing the work but we’re sensible enough to know that you can’t push people too hard straight away.”

“But the fitness levels of players nowadays is a lot better than it used to be and you can tell by looking at the players and when they get weighed that they’re in decent shape to start with.

“There is nobody carrying too much weight. They’ll all around what we would expect.”

As well as those already signed up to contracts, several trialists took part, including former Hyde man Shelton Payne.

“We’ve got a few lads on trial and they will get a chance in the next couple of weeks and we need to have a look at a few players in various positions before we settle on the squad.

“We’ll have a couple of people who train with us and we’ll have a look at them,” Aspin said.

He also confirmed that Scott McManus, who played a limited role in the session, is waiting for a scan on an injury suffered at the end of last season.