Vardy helped in Clancy decision

A word with Jamie Vardy was one of the deciding factors in Sean Clancy joining Halifax Town.

The former Shay striker’s ringing endorsement of the club helped persuade the Fleetwood midfielder to join Town on loan late last week.

And he made his debut in the goalless draw with Gloucester City at the last weekend.

Clancy is now relishing the prospect of helping the Shaymen secure a place in the Blue Square Bet North play offs.

“Vards had nothing but praise for the club,” he said. “I had a couple of other options of clubs I could go to but talking to him and people at Halifax made it the place to be.

“It is great coming here towards the end of the season and looking for a place in the play offs.

“I am lucky to be able to be part of that.”

Clancy first clapped eyes on the Shay around two hours before kick off and, like so many before him, was immediately impressed.

“It is a great club with a great history,” he said. “I was delighted when I got here and was shown the ground and the pitch.

“The stadium is fantastic and I am happy to be here.

“I just want to help them push on for promotion because this club definitely belongs in a higher division.

“If I can help get the goals and get some points I will be happy.”

Signing last thing on Friday meant Clancy had not met most of his teammates before turning up for the game.

“Saturday was the first time I had met any of the players,” he said.

“I knew James Dean from a previous club but that was it.

“The lads accepted me, they were great and I felt comfortable with them on the pitch.

“It was a shame that we couldn’t get the win, but I think we were the better team. It was just one of those days.”

Clancy, who made his debut for Blackpool as a 16 year old while he was still at school, comes with plenty of glamour attached - his sister Abbey is a model and television presenter and her husband is England striker Peter Crouch.

“I am used to it,” he said. “My sister has been in the limelight for years and I have had that wherever I have been.

“I get a bit of stick from opposition fans but it is water off a duck’s back now.

“It is all good banter and no problem for me.”

Clancy has also had a brush with TV fame having been in the E4 reality show Desperate Scousewives.

But between now and the beginning of May, his full focus is on football.

“The series has finished so I am just concentrating on my football,” he said.

“That is my bread and butter. It is football first for me.”