liam’s ready and waiting

Liam Needham feels he has been given a second chance at the Shay and is determined to make the most of it.

Little more than a couple of weeks ago, the midfielder was all set to go to Bradford Park Avenue on loan in a bid to get some game time.

The summer arrival from Guiseley was some way down a crowded pecking order for places in the Town side and, by his own admission, frustrated.

But he played the last 25 minutes at Histon at the weekend and now appears to be next in line should anything happen to the current middle three Tom Baker, Simon Garner and Aaron Hardy.

“It was all sorted at Park Avenue,” said Needham.

“I was happy to go out and get some games because I hadn’t been playing.

“Then I got told to go home because the deal wasn’t on any more.

“Hopefully this will give me a proper chance to show you all what I can do.”

Needham, who has made just seven senor starts this season, added that he was in alien territory having never been in a position of playing such little football when he was fit and raring to go.

“Throughout my career I have never been in this position, where I am on the bench and not involved,” he said.

“Obviously it has been frustrating.

“It is semi-professional football, but I like to have a professional attitude and I will do my utmost to get back in the team.

“The midfield is doing well so I have to sit tight and when I get my chance be ready to take it.”

One problem Needham has is that a lack of football means he will be playing catch up when he gets his chance.

And that is why he puts great emphasis on keep himself as fit as possible for the moment he is required to step into the breach.

“Because I haven’t played for two months, I have lost a bit of match sharpness,” he said.

“The only way you can get that back is playing.

“It is going to be difficult and the only thing I can do is keep myself ready to go. But I will always be 100 per cent committed.”

Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters’ bus to Colwyn Bay for next weekend’s FA Trophy third qualifying round clash can book now by calling the Travel line on 07707 143 094.

The cost of the trip to north Wales will be £12 and transport departs the Shay at 11.30 am.