Halifax Town: former Leeds United defender Milne ready to fight for place

New signing Andrew Milne is ready to battle his way into the Town side.

That was the young defender's message after helping the Shaymen keep a second successive clean sheet as they reached the fourth round of the League Cup with a 3-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday.

Milne teamed up with James Riley in central defence with regulars Liam Hogan and skipper Mark Bower watching from the touchline.

And the new kid on the block knows that he faces a fight to become first choice in a full strength Neil Aspin side.

"Halifax have obviously been doing well," he said. "They have been winning and I can't expect to just walk into the side.

"It will be a case of waiting for my chance and when it comes I have to make sure I take it.

"I have signed to the end of the season so it gives Halifax a chance to look at me and hopefully they will like me.

"If they do it can maybe carry on to next season."

Milne started his career as a Leeds United junior and, thanks to his grandparents, won a couple of Scotland under 18 caps.

The 20-year-old had a spell on loan at Darlington before moving last summer to Barrow and most recently he has been at Altrincham in the Conference

Despite never having played at Evo Stik level, he was not concerned about dropping down - something he has done in a bid to move up.

"I was not worried at all because of the size of the club," he said. "It is not a club that is going to be in this league for long.

"They are looking to go places and I want to be part of that."

Milne only met his new teammates before kick off at the Horsfall Stadium but was pleased to get an early chance to play for his new club.

"You want to play games and it was nice to get one so soon after signing," he said.

"I didn't know many of the lads' names, but that will come so it was a good way of breaking my way in."

Milne enjoyed his time at Altrincham, scoring the winning goal at Rushden & Diamonds in his final game for the club at the weekend.

But the switch to the Shay brings him back closer to his North Yorkshire base.

"I got the winner on Saturday which was a nice way to leave," he said. "I had a good time there but it was just too far to travel."

FC Halifax Town will travel to Evo Stik One North Harrogate Railway in the County Cup on Tuesday, February 1 (7.45).