Aspin thrilled with first summer signings

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FC Halifax manager Neil Aspin said he was delighed after the club confirmed the first two summer signings.

Towering defender Ben Futcher, son of former player Paul, has signed on a season long loan from Bury, while Dale Johnson has been recruited from league rivals Droylsden.

At 6ft 7inches and aged 31, Aspin believes Futcher will improve his side in an area they struggled in last term.

“We obviously had problems conceding goals from set pieces,” said Aspin. “We didn’t have somebody who was dominant in the air, so we needed somebody who could do the job of heading the ball and that’s why we’ve signed Ben.

“We’ve also got young players who will benefit from having somebody with football league experience but the main thing is he can do the job of defending.”

Futcher, who has played in the football league with Bury, Lincoln and Peterborough, will be available for all Town games despite having a full time coaching role at Bury.

“He is full time at Bury but will train and play with us, and we’re prepared to be flexible with him, he said.

Aspin also hopes that 27-year-old striker Johnson, who scored against Town for his former club at the Shay last April, will complement fellow front men Lee Gregory and Jamie Rainford.

“Dale is technically very good, he receives the ball well and can bring other players into the game.

“He’s also more physical than he was when he was younger so we can get the ball up to him and he’s a talented lad who is capable of playing with other good players,” he said.

“We need options up front Dale gives us that.”