New season could herald Senior’s moment

Phil Senior is hoping to make the number one spot his own this season
Phil Senior is hoping to make the number one spot his own this season

The longest serving Shayman has vowed to fight to make himself the club’s number one goalkeeper.

Phil Senior, 29, reported back for his fifth season with the club last Saturday, but despite his length of service has struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team.

Last season, manager Neil Aspin brought in Simon Eastwood from Oxford United, and before that Jonathan Hedge was preferred.

Senior admits it has been frustrating to watch from the bench, but with Eastwood having been released this summer, he is ready to grasp his opportunity after he himself agreed a new deal at the Shay.

“I always wanted to stay because it’s a great club,” said Senior. “It took a while to find out was going on but the gaffer wanted me to stay so I was delighted.

“I’m the longest serving player here but I haven’t played the number of games I would have liked in that time.

“I’ve always tried to make myself the number one keeper and it has been frustrating to see people come in and get games ahead of me, but that’s football.

“I don’t enjoy sitting on the bench, nobody does, and it’s hard when you’re out of the first team because we don’t have a reserve team where you can impress.”

Town are currently giving a trial to former Worksop and FC United stopper Jon Worsnop and are expected to sign a second keeper before the season begins, but Senior, who made over 50 first team appearances for Huddersfield earlier in his career, is confident he can prove himself.

“I expect another goalkeeper to arrive because you can’t go through a season with just one, but the manager has said to me at the weekend that the chance is there to get the number one jersey so that’s what I’ll be aiming for.

Whether he’s in the team or not, Senior feels his new team mates are settling in well.

“Like in previous years, I don’t know all of the new lads who have arrived but I knew John Worthington from my Huddersfield days and I’ve played against Ben Futcher.

“Hopefully all the lads who have joined will help us to progress,” he added.