Chairman’s ambition was key, says Worthington

Jon Worthington, captured here during a brief stint with Oldham, says the ambition of the Chairman was crucial to him signing
Jon Worthington, captured here during a brief stint with Oldham, says the ambition of the Chairman was crucial to him signing

Jon Worthington says the ambition of FC Halifax chairman David Bosomworth was enough to convince him to sign for the club.

Worthington, 29, took the decision to leave full time football and sign on a part time basis with the Shaymen after playing in over 250 football league games.

The midfielder, who is currently studying a degree in physiotherapy at Salford University, said a meeting with the chairman and manager Neil Aspin was enough for him to join.

“It was very easy once I met the manager and the chairman,” he said.

“They are both ambitious and only had good things to say about the club and the way it was run. It being on my doorstep was a bonus, but the ambition was the main thing that came across and they didn’t really have to sell it to me.

“I had a couple of offers but where I am with my family and how I’m settled I preferred to stay local, especially with my course as well.”

Worthington said he is adapting to the demands of part time football, which require a different daily routine.

“We’ve only been in a week or so and I’m just settling in and getting to know the lads and getting used to training on an evening.

“But the training I’ve been involved with so far has been at a good intensity and tempo and if the work is like that during the week then it sets you up for the weekend nicely.

Worthington’s powerful header at Brighouse was his first goal as a Shayman, but with only 13 career goals to his name, he admits goal scoring is not the strongest part of his game.

“If you look at my stats you wouldn’t say I’ve been prolific throughout my career,” he said.

“But I’ve always been the kind of player that if given that bit of freedom to get into the box is more than capable of taking a chance if it comes my way.

“Over the last couple of years I’ve probably played a little bit deeper but I’m more than comfortable going box to box, or whatever job the manager wants me to do.”

Now Worthington wants to build his fitness ready for when the action starts for real.

“Everyone is working to get fitness and sharpness in the first pre-season game and 45 minutes is enough just to get you ticking over,” said Worthington, who impressed as a second half substitute.

“I’m lucky because I know a few of the lads already and when you know a few it makes it easier, but all the lads have been great with me and the rest of the lads who have come new so I think we’re settling in nicely.

“You look forward to getting back after two months off and to have banter with the lads,” he said,

“These first few games are all about the match fitness and you’re always going to be a bit rusty. Once we get closer to that first game of the season and you get to the level you know you can be at then it gets exciting and you really look forward to it.”