Halifax Town: Aspin's excited about Vardy

TOWN boss Neil Aspin finally got his man when he signed Jamie Vardy from Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The 21-year-old frontman had been a target for the Shaymen 12 months ago and the Shay boss had also tried to sign him when he was manager at Harrogate Town.

All previous attempts to tempt him away from Bracken Moor had failed, but he has now agreed to join Town and it is clearly a prospect that excites the Shay boss.

"He is a player I was interested in when I was at Harrogate," said Aspin. "We watched him again last pre-season and rated him very highly and we have continued to watch him.

"He is a talent with pace and the ability to play on either wing or down the middle. He is one who the supporters will like."

Vardy, who joined Stocksbridge as a 16-year-old, bagged 19 goals for the South Yorkshire outfit last season, 14 of them in the Unibond Premier.

He has been a player in demand over the past 12 months with Rotherham, Crewe and Sheffield United all reported to have shown interest in him.

He had been on the verge of a move to Gresty Road last January where he had a trial, but the move failed to materialise, and the Millers offered him a short-term deal.

With James Dean and Richard Marshall already signed up for next season, Aspin will have plenty of attacking options as he prepares his side for the step up following promotion.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic was forced to appeal to Serbia fans for calm as they rioted during his side's embarrassing 1-0 friendly defeat by New Zealand in Klagenfurt.

During the second half of the World Cup warm-up in Austria, fans began throwing flares and missiles onto the turf while a number of fans ran onto the pitch before being captured by stewards.

Vidic was standing in as Serbia captain in Dejan Stankovic's absence and had to speak over the tannoy to placate fans with New Zealand apparently ready to abandon the game.

After a few minutes the trouble calmed and the action re-started, with Serbia unable to salvage something following former Halifax Town striker Shane Smeltz's first-half strike.