Rainford happy to be staying

Jamie Rainford, picture here taking on Charlton's Chris Solly during last season's FA Cup first round tie, says he's glad he's staying at Town
Jamie Rainford, picture here taking on Charlton's Chris Solly during last season's FA Cup first round tie, says he's glad he's staying at Town

Hit man Jamie Rainford admits he didn’t know whether he would start the season with Halifax after a difficult end to the last campaign.

Rainford fell out favour when he walked out of the dressing room and left the ground before a home game against Guiseley last March after being told he was not going to be involved.

He later apologised to boss Neil Aspin and his team mates, but after a short absence from the side, he struggled to hold down a regular place as Town chased a place off spot.

Now Rainford, who was signed permanently by Aspin following an initial loan move from Chester last season, has admitted his future was unclear.

“It was up in the air and for a while I didn’t know what the situation was,” he told the Courier.

“I wanted to stay because it is a fantastic club, but with the gaffer bringing in new players and having a reshuffle I didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said.

“But I spoke to the manager a few weeks after the season finished and he told me he wanted to give me a fresh start.

“It was nice that he showed that faith in me. He already showed faith in me by buying me and knows what kind of player I am and what I can bring to the team,” he said.

Despite being given a second chance to impress and the summer departures of James Dean and Danny Holland, Rainford knows he has a fight on his hands to get into the side following the arrival of Gareth Seddon and Dale Johnson.

“The level of quality in training is frightening,” said the 24-year-old.

“Going off the first two training sessions we could start the season on Saturday. The intensity and standard are so high throughout all areas of the team and they’re a great set of lads.

“Because I didn’t play much towards the end of last season I almost had to start from scratch almost in terms of my own fitness levels. It’s been hard but I’ve enjoyed it too.”

All eyes will be on the Town’s opening fixture against Bishops Stortford on August 18, but Rainford is already looking further ahead to early September when Town travel to his former club.

“I would love to be involved against Chester, especially with it being at their ground,” he said.

“In pre-season it’s all about looking at that first game, but we’re going to have to raise our level throughout the whole season if we want to be competitive.”