Rainford returns to Shaymen in permanent deal

Town boss Neil Aspin has signed Jamie Rainford on a permanent contract, six weeks after it appeared he had no future at the Shay.

The Chester striker was with the Shaymen on loan for two months, scoring six goals in nine games before returning to the Deva Stadium after the 1-0 Boxing Day win at Gainsborough.

It appeared the 23-year-old would be returning to West Yorkshire at that time, but the deal collapsed.

Now Aspin has gone back to the north west to bring in the frontman ahead of Saturday’s trip to Colwyn Bay.

Commenting on his move on Twitter, Rainford said: “Finally signed for FC Halifax tonight, very excited for the future.”

Bay defender Frank Sinclair is a major doubt for Saturday’s big Blue Square Bet North clash in north Wales.

The former West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Huddersfield Town man failed to re-appear for the second half of Bay’s 3-2 win over Boston United.

And after the game it was reported that he had suffered a hamstring strain which, while not believed to be serious, would almost certainly keep him sidelined at the weekend.

It would be a blow for Bay who have risen from 13th in the table to seventh since Sinclair signed early last month thanks to a run of five wins and a draw.

Bay keeper Chris Sanna is also causing Bay boss Jon Newby some concern after suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury in Tuesday night’s game.

Former Halifax centre back Danny Meadowcroft, withdrew from the Colwyn Bay squad on Tuesday after his baby daughter Evie was taken ill.

There is still time for Town fans to book their place on the official supporters bus to Colwyn Bay on Saturday. Transport leaves the Shay at 11.30am and the cost will be £12. To book a place or further information, call the travel line on 07707 143094.

That is the same number for anyone wishing to book for the shuttle bus to the Sportsman’s dinner on February 17. The cost will be £5 return and transport will pick up at the Three Pigeons (6.30) and the Belgrave Social Club (6.45).

LEEDS chairman Ken Bates has confirmed caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn, who had two spells in charge of Halifax Town in 2001-02 will be given at least another three games in charge to prove he is the man for the job.