Town boss Aspin targets January signings

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Town boss Neil Aspin is aiming to add two new names to his squad during the January transfer window.

Halifax ended the year with a 2-0 home defeat against Chester on Sunday and are now without a game until they host Alfreton in the FA Trophy next Saturday.

By then the window will have been open 10 days and Aspin will use that time to try and finalise his search for new recruits.

He said: “We could certainly do with getting a couple of players in.

“I’ve got players in mind but whether we can get them or not I don’t know.

“There are some (players) I’ve know about for a while but there are other players that have come onto the scene, but it’s just a question of whether we can get them.

“The funds might be there but wages is another issue. We don’t pay wages that compete with some of the bigger clubs.

“So you might have funds but the wages are an issue which comes into play.”

Aspin has hinted that any new signings may come from the lower leagues but says unearthing new talent is becoming increasingly difficult.

“There was one player in particular this season we watched and tried to get him the next day but he’d been put on a contract and before we knew it five or six league teams were in for him,” Aspin said.

“We’ve got a good network in the fact that we feel we’re looking in the right areas but trying to get those players is difficult when you’ve got full-time teams and league clubs after them.”

Halifax captain Marc Roberts has been the subject of speculation about a move away from the Shay after a superb first-half to the season.

The Town boss admits the defender has generated plenty of attention before but insists deals for any of the club’s star names would have to be on Halifax’s terms.

“We’ve had interest in Marc previously,” said Aspin, “whether there’s interest in January or not, I don’t know.

“We’ll just have to wait and see. I don’t know what discussions are taking place with his agent and with himself - that’s out of my hands.

“It’s very difficult for a player, if he gets an opportunity, to stand in their way but it has to be right for the club as well.

“It’s not just a one-way street where if a player wants to leave, he can leave.

“I understand people want to better themselves but it’s got to be right for the club as well.”

Midfielder Will Hatfield played the last game of his loan spell against Chester, but Aspin didn’t rule out the possibility of the Accrington man returning to the Shay.

He said: “I think with Will, I have to speak to Accrington. It’ll depend on what they want to do and I’ll speak to Will and see what he wants to do.

“I think he’s contributed, he’s done well but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Josh Wilson left the club last week to join Conference North side AFC Fylde, where he had been on loan, a move which Aspin welcomed.

“Josh has gone to a club that are doing well in the Conference North,” Aspin said.

“He’s been playing every week, which is obviously what he wants to do.

“Nobody wants to be sat watching on the sidelines so it’s a good opportunity for Josh.

“He wasn’t playing here so I feel it’s a good move for Josh and for the club as well.”

Aspin is wary of Town’s squad becoming too bloated and added: “The club hasn’t said to me that I need to get players out but I’m not a big fan of players sat in the stand not doing anything.

“I think they need to be playing. We’re a part-time club and to have players not involved isn’t good.

“So it’s not because I’m under pressure with numbers, I’ve always worked with a smaller squad because I feel you need keep the players playing.

“The key anything is players playing regularly and if you’ve got 20-odd players, and we don’t have a reserve side, they’re not getting any game time and I don’t think that’s good.”