Phil says Matt is the best from six years of Senior service

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Phil Senior believes team-mate Matt Glennon is the best goalkeeper he’s played with in his six years at the Shay.

Senior is now Town’s longest-serving player after the departure of Danny Lowe and has also deputised for the likes of Simon Eastwood and Jonathan Hedge.

Senior praised Glennon’s reliability since joining Town in 2012 and says the 35-year-old can still improve.

He said: “He’s definitely the best keeper that I’ve played with at Halifax, purely because of consistency.

“You know what you’re going to get from him week in, week out and we get on really well so I’m going to say that anyway!

“You’re obviously not as fit when you get older and we’re not full-time but to say we’re part-time and the performances he’s put out so far while he’s been here it’s a testament to how well he’s done.

“They always say keepers get better with age and he can keep improving and I hope I do too.

“He’s a steady head as well. We’ve got quite a young dressing room so we need that experience through tough times, although fortunately we’ve not had many.”

That’s actually quite an understatement, with Town experiencing almost non-stop success since Senior’s arrival.

The keeper concedes he’s not played as often as he’d have liked as he prepares to start his seventh campaign at the club, but says the progress at the Shay has been astonishing.

“I really enjoy it here,” he said. “I’ve said before I’d like to play a lot more but the club, the supporters and the players are fantastic.

“I left Ilkeston to come here and things haven’t gone the way I’d hoped personally but team-wise they have.

“It’s been amazing what we’ve done and you’ve got to put all the praise on the manager for doing what he’s done.

“It’s not easy to go through all the leagues.

“The first season we reformed we had some fantastic players but we weren’t good enough.

“We probably had the biggest budget and the best players in the league but you’ve still got to put the performances in every week and have someone who can lead you through that.

“We didn’t have that in the first year but we’ve definitely had it since.”

Senior has been restricted to just 39 appearances in his time with Halifax, but is still eyeing a bigger role in the side.

He said: “Every season it’s always the same - we set out to compete against each other.

“Matty knows that, I know that. We’re still really good friends but I hope I’ve put enough pressure on him to play better and vice-versa.

“I still want to be playing but if the team’s winning that’s all that matters really.

“When I get the opportunity hopefully I step in and prove I can still do it at this level and pose a few questions for the manager.”