FC Halifax Town: “It’s given me the chance to show what I can do” - Hull City loanee Chadwick glad to be back for a second spell
If Billy Chadwick’s second loan spell at FC Halifax Town proves as successful as his first, then the forward’s dream of making the grade at Hull will move another step closer.
Chadwick has been tantalisingly close to establishing himself in the first-team squad at the League One club, making nine appearances this season, but all have been as a substitute.
The attacker has been at Hull since playing for their under 10 side.
Chadwick grew up in east Hull and supported The Tigers as a youngster.
“Man United as well, my brother used to take me to some games when I was younger, so I’ve been a United fan as well since then,” he said.
“It’s been a dream come true to play for them, I’ve come on three times now in the league and in a few cup games, which is what I wanted to do from the age of 10 when I first joined, it’s been amazing.”
Chadwick scored three goals in five games on loan for Town during his first spell, but is yet to find the net in four appearances in his second stint.
“The first time I was here, I did well, went back (to Hull) and was around the first-team, came on for some games,” said the 21-year-old.
“That was the best place I’ve been since I’ve been at Hull, but a few players came back from injury and then I’ve been sent back on loan again.
“But when I found out I could come back here it was a no-brainer.”
And Chadwick is eager to replicate the form of from previous loan at The Shay.
“That’s what I want to do now coming back, is score goals and help the team as much as I can to push on and keep us around the play-offs,” he said.
“I think it did push me on, getting some game-time playing men’s football, and I showed I was capable of doing it.
“So when I went back I think they were happy with me and that’s why I got my chance.”
Hull’s under 23s coach Andy Dawson was at the game against Solihull on Saturday to monitor Chadwick’s progress.
“I just want to play as many games as I can, play 90 minutes each week and see where I can go,” said, who praised the work of Town manager Pete Wild and assistant Chris Millington.
“I really enjoy it, they’re both really good with me. I loved it here the first time and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to come back as soon as I found out they were interested, because of how good they were with me.”
Chadwick says his best position is up-front in a two but is happy playing out wide as well.
And he says he would be open to the possibility of staying at Halifax for the rest of the season.
“If that was right for me yeah, and if Hull said that would be good for me to get more games, yeah, I’d be happy to stay,” he said.
“I think it’s helped me as a person as well, it’s given me the chance to show what I can do playing week-in, week-out against good opponents.”
On Town’s play-off chances, Chadwick said: “I think we’ve just got to take every game as they come, pick up three points every week if we can.
“I don’t think there’s a team that, on our day, are better than us.
“I don’t see why we can’t keep pushing on.”
And pushing on is Chadwick’s personal aim too, with the first-team at Hull in his sights.
“That’s what I want to do, just train as well as I can every day, and come game day, show what I can do, and hopefully that gives me my best chance for when I go back.”