Peniket impressed by ambitious Town

Richard Peniket in action for Tamworth against Luton last season. Picture courtesy of the Tamworth Herald.
Richard Peniket in action for Tamworth against Luton last season. Picture courtesy of the Tamworth Herald.
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FC Halifax Town’s ambition was a key factor in Richard Peniket’s decision to join the Shaymen.

A meeting with Town chairman David Bosomworth helped seal the deal for the 21-year-old, who rejected advances from several other clubs to join Halifax on a one-year contract.

He said: “The gaffer (Neil Aspin) got in touch with me over the summer and said he’d watched me a few times and had been impressed.

“I met the chairman and I the aspirations and ambitions he had for the club.

“I had a few calls from different clubs but Halifax really impressed me and I was delighted to sign for them.

“I was impressed with the ground and the team when I played there last season.

“It seemed like they really knew what they were doing.

“They all seem great lads and I’ve settled in well.”

Halifax is Peniket’s eighth club after a series of loan spells with non-league sides including Hereford and Kidderminster.

The former Wales under 21 winger was signed by Roy Hodgson at Fulham on a four-year deal after a trial at Manchester United and being offered a deal by Liverpool.

But a series of injuries, including to his hamstring, groin, ankle and a bout of glandular fever that kept him out for eight months, hampered his chances at Craven Cottage and he was released by Fulham last summer.

He said: “I did really well at Man United. I trained with Danny Welbeck while I was there but wasn’t offered anything.

“Fulham and Liverpool offered me contracts but Fulham’s was the best deal because it had the better chance of first-team football.

“But I kept getting the same injury and it didn’t work out.

“I found myself down the pecking order and it got to the point where no-one really knew too much about me.”

Peniket admits it’s hard to say what his best position is after spending most of last season on the left wing for Tamworth but also being capable of playing as a striker.

His 43 appearances in the Conference Premier last season ranks as his most successful campaign to date, but his seven goals couldn’t help the Lambs escape the drop.

Peniket is looking forward to fighting at the other end of the table this season but was at least pleased to get a full campaign under his belt.

He said: “I feel good for it. I was played on the left wing for most of the season.

“I got eight goals, but I wouldn’t have been happy with that return if I’d played up front.

“It was hard to get in goalscoring areas playing in a struggling team but it was good to get the consistency of performances.

“It was tough playing in a struggling team but it makes you stronger.

“Again, that’s why I’ve joined Halifax because I believe we’ll be pushing at the other end of the table.”