Full backs agree new Shay deals

Staying at the Shay: Danny Lowe has agreed a new contract
Staying at the Shay: Danny Lowe has agreed a new contract

TOWN boss Neil Aspin has confirmed that full backs Danny Lowe and Aaron Hardy have agreed deals that will keep them at the Shay for a third season.

The duo were among the players who joined Aspin from his former club Harrogate Town when he was appointed Halifax manager two years ago.

And they have been consistently high performers during successive promotions, with Hardy closing in on 100 appearances for the club and Lowe, who was injured at the start of last season, having made more than 60.

“They have both played in the league we are going into this season,” said Aspin. “When we signed them we knew they would be good for a few seasons

“They are good characters as well as good players and they were two of the easiest players to negotiate with.”

The duo’s arrival at the start of the Unibond One North campaign was clearly part of a long range plan Aspin was looking to put in place at the club.

And they are likely to be key figures as the Shaymen play their first-ever campaign in Blue Square Bet North.

“Danny Lowe came to the club first and I knew when he came that he was capable of playing in Conference North,” said Town boss Aspin.

“He was always going to be a good asset.

“Aaron Hardy played in two or three positions for me at Harrogate and had done well.”

Of the players who joined Town from Harrogate, Richard Marshall has since returned and Jonathan Hedge has left the club after rejecting a new deal.

The keeper’s new club, believed to be Tamworth, has yet to be confirmed.

Arsenal would be willing to sell captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona if they can agree a fee.

The 24-year-old World Cup winner is continually linked with a move back to his boyhood club during every transfer window.

Last summer, the Gunners rejected a £30million offer for their inspirational skipper.

However, with Fabregas appearing more determined to rejoin the club he left as a teenager in 2003, Arsenal are said to be ready to allow the deal to go through, if Barcelona improve their £27million bid.