Jordan Burrow admits he was surprised to be shown the door at Lincoln but is determined to have a longer stay at Halifax.
The striker swapped Sincil Bank for The Shay this summer after just one season with The Imps.
Burrow scored 10 goals for the club, his most prolific campaign yet, including five in his first nine games and finished as second-top scorer behind Ben Tomlinson.
The 22-year-old was expecting to see out the remaining season of his two-year deal at Lincoln, but is now targeting a long-term stint with Town.
“That’s the plan,” he said. “I would love to get a good few years in at Halifax.
“That was the plan at Lincoln as well and I was fully expecting to stay there for the two years.
“There was a change of management midway through last season at Lincoln and at the end of the season the manager told me I could leave if I wanted to.
“My name was put about and Halifax said they were interested.
“I was a bit surprised because I thought I did a good job when I played last season.”
Burrow describes himself as good in the air and as a player who likes to hold up the ball; arguably a quality Halifax were lacking in attack last term.
The Sheffield-born striker started as an apprentice at Chesterfield before playing at Morecambe for 18 months and for a year at Stevenage in League One.
He has also represented England C, and played in their 4-2 win over Estonia at The Shay last year.
The front-man made more substitute appearances than any other Lincoln player last season and is now aiming for a consistent starting role with The Shaymen.
“It’s beneficial no matter what position you play when you’re playing for a number of games.
“That’s the main thing for me this season.
“Strikers especially will definitely show their best form when they’ve played three, four or five games on the bounce.
“That’s the only way you can get that sharpness and match fitness.
“I’m just focusing on getting a good number of games.
“I proved I could score goals last season when I had the chance.”
Burrow likes what he’s seen from his new team-mates so far in pre-season and is positive about the forthcoming campaign.
He added: “With the squad we’ve got I’m really optimistic and excited at what we can achieve.
“I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on us but we’ve got a good squad.
“We’ve started well in pre-season. We’ve had a few good results and not conceded.”