Town add four more to squad

Safe hands: Simon Eastwood. Below: Out in front: Simon Garner leads the way in the first track session for FC Halifax Town  Pictures: Jim Fitton
Safe hands: Simon Eastwood. Below: Out in front: Simon Garner leads the way in the first track session for FC Halifax Town Pictures: Jim Fitton
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Gregg Anderson, Jack Dorney, Anton Foster and Ryan Toulson were unveiled as Town’s latest recruits as the squad returned for pre-season training this weekend.

The quartet were put through their paces along with fellow summer signings Liam Needham, David Haggerty, Scott McManus and Simon Eastwood and those players returning from the Evo Stik Premier title winning side, including midfielder Simon Garner.

FC Halifax Town pre-season training session at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.

FC Halifax Town pre-season training session at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.

Anderson played with Buxton last season and was sent off in the game they played at the Shay and gave away a penalty when they entertained the Shaymen - and beat them - in the second half of the campaign.

“I don’t think Gregg Anderson had his best season last season,” said Aspin. “But I first saw him play at Clitheroe when I was at Harrogate when he played against us in the FA Cup.

“At that stage he did very well and he has done well for Buxton.

“He is unproven at this level so he has to bridge that gap, but he is hungry for it and wants to do well.

“He faces competition from other players and I see him as a replacement for James Riley.”

Dorney is a pacy striker who, after starting as a junior at Bury, has scored goals at both Leigh and Chorley.

“Jack Dorney started unbelievably well last season for Chorley and was into double figures after three or four games,” said Aspin.

“He has potential, now he is coming to a bigger club and he has to realise that potential because if he doesn’t he is not going to get the chance again.

“He has ability, technically he is very good, he wants to do well and is at the right age at 21. It is up to him.”

Midfielder Foster, who was at Eastwood last season, is a player Aspin has been tracking for some time.

“Anton Foster played for Eastwood against Harrogate when I was there and did exceptionally well in midfield,” said Aspin.

“He is very competitive and covered every blade of grass when I saw him.

“He has been playing for a good club who did well in Conference North.

“He wants to come here, has seen the surroundings and really wants to play.”

Toulson returns to Halifax after breaking into the first team squad in the Conference days under Chris Wilder.

“Ryan Toulson was not a player I was looking to sign, but because he can play in a number of positions I couldn’t not sign him,” said Aspin.

“I have had him before at Harrogate, he has been at Halifax before and I am happy to bring him back.”

The latest additions mean there are likely to be few more arrivals - if any - before the campaign kicks off on July 13.

“We haven’t got space to bring more people in,” said Aspin. “There will always be players who become available that you may fancy.

“I wanted to get players in who wanted to come, not those who want to speak to 10 different clubs and go to the highest bidder.

“My job as manager now is to get them into an effective formation and get them organised. That is the minimum requirement.”

There were a couple of absentees due to holiday commitments and both James Dean and Harry Winter spent the morning with physio Dave Hanson as they continue their rehabilitation from injuries sustained last term.

But boss Aspin was delighted with the shape of the players as they returned from what is becoming an ever-shorter break between seasons.

“When you have not seen the players for a long time as a manager you tend to look to see if anyone has put on any weight,” he said.

“You can tell they have all looked after themselves.

“Some players are naturally more fit than others and it is just a matter of getting the balance right because you are dealing with a squad with different requirements.”

Town’s opening game of the pre-season campaign at Mossley on Saturday kicks off at 2pm.

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