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FC Halifax Town: Maynard living the dream in the full-time ranks

FC Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers. Kingsley James closes down Lois Maynard
FC Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers. Kingsley James closes down Lois Maynard

Former Town midfielder Lois Maynard is loving life as a professional footballer six months after his dream move to Tranmere.

Maynard played against The Shaymen for the first time in Rovers’ 1-1 draw at The Shay on Saturday.

The 26-year-old believes his game has already improved in his time at Prenton Park and is relishing his status as a full-time player.

“I love it. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, to get up and train every single day,” he enthused.

“Obviously results could have gone better and we could be higher up in the league table.

“Training every day, you get to work on more things, you get fitter and you can only better yourself.

“I feel fitter and I feel like I’ve got better at certain attributes, such as my touch, my understanding of the game.

“You’re speaking about the game every day and you’re playing with better players so that helps.”

Maynard made 87 appearances for Halifax and scored 19 goals in his two seasons with the club.

But The Shaymen have struggled in the league since his departure, and Maynard admits he has been very surprised to see his former team in such a perilous position.

“I’ve been quite shocked to be honest,” he said.

“I didn’t expect what’s happened but they’re on a good run now so I wish them all the best.

“You do look out for them because I played there for two years, so you do want them to do well, but obviously not as well as us!

“There’s been a lot of changes but I think they’re a good team and they showed that against us.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the three points but I think they’ll do well.”

As for Tranmere, Maynard acknowledged his team must improve on their first half of the season if they are to fulfil their lofty expectations.

“We started off well but then we got quite inconsistent,” he added.

“But it’s only down to ourselves and we just need to keep going to move up the table.

“Most teams that get promoted go on a long run and we’re due one of those, which will hopefully start over the Christmas period.

“We have to start getting results now if we want to improve so hopefully we;ll be up there come the end of the season.”