FC Halifax Town: Loanee Wroe getting back to full speed

Nicky Wroe
Nicky Wroe

Nicky Wroe is glad to be back in the thick of the action after being cast into the wilderness at Notts County.

The 30-year-old extended his loan move at The Shay last week and will now remain at the club until January.

He has been an ever-present since arriving at The Shay, in contrast to his time at Notts County, where had yet to play this season before joining Halifax.

“It’s nice to be back playing week-in, week-out. As a footballer, that’s what you want,” he said.

“I was keen to extend it, keep playing over Christmas and hopefully I can help the team to get some more points on board.

“It took me a few games to get my fitness, which is always the case when you come from playing reserve team football to first-team football.

“I think I’m getting there but there’s more to come from me.

“I’m getting my fitness back and feeling sharper.”

Wroe was informed by County boss Ricardo Moniz during the second week of pre-season that he was surplus to requirements at the League Two club, a decision which took him by surprise having made 17 appearances for them last season.

“I started off playing the first five or six games (last season) and then got a suspension, went out of the team and couldn’t get back in for one reason or another,” he said.

“I ended up not playing for a long time and then at the start of the season they said I wasn’t needed, so I’ve been looking to get fit, play some reserve games and get myself a move.

“It was a bit of a surprise. After speaking to him at the end of last season, I was under the impression I was going to get a chance.

“But it never came, which was disappointing. But you move on and hopefully now I can get more games here and help Halifax move up the table.”

Wroe’s Town career began in ignominious circumstances with their 7-0 hammering at Grimsby but believes performances have improved since then.

“Obviously it’s not the best debut I’ve ever had but since then our performances have been encouraging and we’ve been steadily getting better,” he said.

“We’ve kept a bit of a settled side of late as well, which makes a difference.

“The lads have been getting more comfortable playing with each other and I think you can see that and that’s only going to stand us in good stead going into this busy period.”

Wroe insists The Shaymen can haul themselves off the foot of the table and up the National League, but wants them to wise-up.

“I think we’ve got enough,” he added, “it’s just that little bit of nous and taking our chances when they come.

“We need to be a bit more ruthless in both boxes.

“I think we’ve given away some soft goals which have put us on the back foot, which is disappointing.

“But if we can tighten up a bit at that end and be a bit more ruthless then I think we’ll get some results.

“Results breed confidence and if you’re confident as a team then you’re hard to beat.”