Shay chance too good to turn down for Needham

On track: Liam Needham (right) with Liam Hogan at Spring Hall
On track: Liam Needham (right) with Liam Hogan at Spring Hall

LIAM Needham had a straight choice between Guiseley and FC Halifax Town and admitted the choice to come to the Shay had been an easy one.

The 25-year-old enjoyed his time at Nethermoor and was in the squad for the Blue Square Bet North play off final last May.

But the lure of the Shay for the Sheffield born midfielder was too great to resist.

“I had a choice between the two and I have had a happy time at Guiseley which has been a brilliant club for me,” he said.

“But when Neil Aspin and Halifax Town come calling it is an opportunity you cannot turn down.

“I know Jamie Vardy and I am very happy to be here.”

Needham enjoyed his first training session with his new teammates under the watchful eye of manager Neil Aspin at Spring Hall on Saturday.

And while he is still getting to know his new clubmates, he is already certain that the Shaymen are capable of having yet another successful season following on from back to back titles in Unibond One North and Evo Stik Premier

“I feel like I know what this league is all about and I am very confident at this level,” he said.

“After just one running session with Halifax Town I can already tell the team has what it takes and I am looking forward to a very good season.

“The players are as fit as any I have seen at this level and it is looking good.”

Needham ended his time at Guiseley on a disappointing note as the club were beaten by Telford in the Blue Square Bet North play off finals and he was forced to settle for a place on the bench for the game as he recovered from an injury that disrupted his campaign.

“The injury came at the wrong time for me,” he said, “Just at a time when the games were coming thick and fast.

“It was a bad time to pick one up, but that is what happens in football.

“I just recovered in time for the play off final but, unfortunately was only fit enough to go on the bench.”

Jeremie Aliadiere has been handed a chance to resurrect his career by FC Lorient, signing a one-year deal with an option to extend it to three.

The former France under-21 international was once hotly tipped for a big future, but struggled after failing to break through at Arsenal, and spent last season without a club having been released by Middlesbrough last summer.