Of all FC Halifax Town’s new faces this season, Sean Tuton has arguably made the biggest impact so far.
The former Buxton forward was a trialist with The Shaymen during pre-season and impressed boss Neil Aspin enough to earn a contract.
Despite the pacey attacker being the last through the door of Halifax’s close season signings, Tuton has wasted little time in establishing himself and has started every game so far.
“I’ve settled in well,” he said. “I knew a couple of the boys before which helps.
“I’ve known Kingsley James since I was a kid, we were both in the same academy at Sheffield United and I know Jordan Burrow as well; I travel in with them both.
“It’s been good so far, apart from the results. We’ve not got off to a good start but the only way is up I suppose.”
Neil Aspin has chosen to deploy Tuton on the right-wing so far, despite him forging a reputation in the lower leagues as a striker.
But Tuton is happy to utilise his strengths, mainly his speed across the ground, on the flanks.
“I think I’ve done alright,” he reflected. “I’ve got the ball in the box, worked hard and done what has been asked of me. Obviously I’ve been playing on the right-wing because of my pace.
“When I’m on the right my job is to get the ball in the box and set-up my strikers or score myself.
“I was mainly a striker at Buxton, in a two or a three. But it’s a team game and that’s what we need to focus on.”
Like his team-mates Kingsley James and Elliott Whitehouse, Tuton started his career at Sheffield United’s academy before dropping into non-league football.
“When I was 15 I was at the United and Sheffield Wednesday academies so going into these leagues is a big step.
“I’ve just worked my way up from the Evo-Stik with Matlock, Belper, then Buxton.
“Then I had interest from a few clubs in the league and the Conference.
“I went training with Luton, they were supposed to be offering me a deal but it fell through. But I came to train with Halifax and got a deal.”
Tuton stepped up two divisions to join The Shaymen and believes the speed of the game is the main difference between the leagues.
“It’s just an all-round quicker pace, that’s all it is,” he said.
“Obviously you’ve got better players, people who have come down into this league from above and the surfaces are better than what you have in the Evo-Stik.”
Tuton is relaxed about what the season ahead has in store for him and the team.
He added: “If I stay here it would be to get in the play-offs or maybe promotion.
“Or maybe I can get a move up the ladder. That’s what every player is aiming for at this level. Let’s see how it goes.
“It’s early days and teams are going to drop points. There’s a long way to go.”