Ryan happy to have winged his way to the Shay

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Ryan Crowther says he made the right decision to join Halifax after a ‘massively frustrating’ end to his time at Fleetwood.

The winger was a long-term target for Town boss Neil Aspin, who eventually got his man last week after Crowther found himself frozen out at Fleetwood.

The former Liverpool youngster played 15 times for the Cod Army in the second-half of last season following a loan spell at Hyde, but had not started for the League Two outfit since October before making his Town début at Lincoln.

Crowther said: “I’ve got a lot of mates there so I’ll miss the lads.

“Graham Alexander said I was part of his plans but I feel I could’ve played more games.

“I never really got a chance of a good run of games which was disappointing as I think I would’ve done well.

“I had a good pre-season, played a few games, scored a couple of goals and then started the season well.

“But then I got a niggly groin injury that kept me out for two or three weeks and by the time I got back the team had changed and I couldn’t get back in.

“It was massively frustrating putting everything into training all week and then finding out you’re not even on the bench.

“But Fleetwood have quite a big squad and a lot of good players so I think it’s the right decision because I’ll be getting regular football, which is crucial for me at this stage in my career.

“I need to be playing regularly and not sitting in the stands.”

Crowther started his career at Stockport before he was snapped up by Liverpool in 2007, where he trained with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

“That was a massive learning experience training with those kinds of players,” he said.

“You do learn things from them that help you to improve.”

Crowther then impressed while at Hyde, scoring nine goals in 17 games in the season they won promotion to the Conference Premier, before joining Fleetwood.

Now, thanks to his former secondary school teacher and current Town scout Gareth McLelland, Crowther is quickly establishing himself in the Town side after two impressive displays against Lincoln and Salisbury.

He said: “I’d not played a proper game for three months so I’m not really match fit yet.

“But that shows the trust the manager has in me, which is great.

“I’m really enjoying myself and I felt the crowd responding after one of my runs (against Salisbury).

“It’s great that they appreciate what I can do.

“The lads have been fantastic too and I’ve been made to feel really welcome.

“I knew Paul Marshall and Scott McManus anyway, which helps.

“It’s definitely a club going in the right direction and there’s no reason why we can’t get out of this league.

“I don’t think there’s much difference between the top teams in the Conference to those in League Two.

“Most of the top teams in the Conference would be comfortable in League Two.

“League Two can be more physical and more direct so hopefully this league will suit me better.

“Halifax like to get the ball down and play and it’s a nice, big pitch at the Shay.

“I’m here to create goals and hopefully I can chip in with a few as well.

“My job is to work hard up and down the pitch and create things.

“Hopefully I can give us the width on the left that Adam Smith does on the right - I think we’ve got a really good balance to the side.

“I’m right-footed but I prefer to play on the left.

“I’m here until the end of the season so we’ll see what happens but I wouldn’t rule out staying here for longer.”