FC Halifax Town: Griffiths not guaranteed his place, says Kelly

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FC Halifax Town boss Darren Kelly insists new signing Russell Griffiths is not an automatic first-choice despite replacing Matt Glennon for the club’s 4-0 defeat to Wycombe on Saturday.

The Everton loanee made his Town debut in the game, but Glennon is likely to be recalled for this Saturday’s home game with Braintree due to Griffiths being on international duty with England under 20s.

Kelly believes Griffiths’ addition will provide crucial competition for places between the sticks, and is not elevating one keeper above the other.

“As I’ve said from day one since I came, competition has got to be the foremost of everything,” Kelly said.

“I want to see good competition for places and there are still more players we’re looking to bring in. That’s got to be throughout the team.

“Just because we bring a player in from Everton, it doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed his place.

“Russell’s away on international duty now so Matty will be in for the Braintree game, or Jordan, whoever produces in training.

“I like the idea of training how you play, so we need to work hard in training and show what you’re about and that you deserve to be in the team.

“So that’s up to Matty and Jordan to stake a place.”

Glennon sat out a Town first-team game for the first time since missing the club’s 3-2 win over Wrexham in August 2013 through suspension.

But Kelly feels the veteran keeper may benefit from his absence from the starting line-up.

“We’ve been conceding a lot of goals and I need to get to the root of the problem,” added the Town boss.

“You have to look at all the key areas and the main area is probably the goalkeeper.

“You look at the defenders being the last man or whatever but ultimately is has to start with the goalkeeper.

“Maybe it’s a good thing from a psychological point of view, with the amount of goals he’s scored, to take him out, refresh him and see how it goes down the line.”