LOAN winger James Marwood has acknowledged the part former Shay striker Jon Shaw played in persuading him to switch to Halifax Town.
Marwood, who made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Eastwood, arrived in West Yorkshire from Gateshead where Shaw is a teammate.
And he admitted that the former England semi-pro frontman had urged him to take the chance to play with Neil Aspin’s side.
“Jon Shaw is good with me at Gateshead,” said Marwood. “He gives me a lot of good advice.
“He has taken us under his wing a bit, as he has with all the younger lads.
“He asked me what more I could want to get my fitness up. I could not be anywhere better.”
Marwood hopes that his temporary move south will prove to be beneficial for both clubs as he recovers from a nasty injury at the end of last season.
“The manager at Gateshead approached me because I had been out for five months,” said Marwood, whose manager in the north east is Ian Bogie, a former Port Vale teammate of Town boss Aspin.
“I have been back training for three weeks and he told me I was going to get a good standard of football with a good manager who likes to play good football. It was a no brainer really because I should get some good game time.
“He just wants me to come here, enjoy my football and get my fitness up and I appreciate the opportunity.
“I had 45 minutes last week against Rangers but they put out eight internationals and four under 21s and we just got played off the park, really.”
Marwood had played at the Shay before his Town debut at the weekend, featuring for Gateshead here in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2010.
“I played here against Halifax last year,” he said. “It is a brilliant stadium with brilliant fans. Everything is above what it should be. Halifax is a massive club and don’t deserve to be at this level. I am sure Neil can take them up a couple more leagues.”
Marwood will have to wait a couple of weeks before playing for Town again as he will not be allowed to play in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Lancaster City.
“I would love to play, but the Gaffer said not to,” he said.
“And I am still struggling a bit with my ankle so it will be good to have a bit of a rest and come back into the team in a couple of weeks time, if I am selected.”
Bookings are being taken for the supporters’ coach to Lancaster. Places can be secured by calling 07707 143094. The cost will be £16 and the bus leaves at 11.30.