Loan is just fine for Adam

SOME players regard being allowed to leave their club for a season on loan as a setback in their career.

But Adam Yates, who linked up with Halifax last week from Crewe is not one of them

The 20-year-old defender believes that a spell with Halifax can only benefit his long-term career prospects.

"I had asked Crewe manager Dario Gradi a couple of times if I could go out on loan, but he always told me he needed me there as cover," said Yates.

"But I am 20 and did not have regular games to look forward to.

"My main concern is my own footballing future rather than waiting for a reserve game to try to improve myself.

"To come to Halifax and play first team football is a massive, massive boost for me."

Yates made his debut at Burton last Friday, impressing as the Shaymen twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw.

And he thoroughly enjoyed his first taste of Conference action after a diet of occasional reserve team friendlies for the Cheshire outfit.

"It was a lot more competitive than the reserve team games I had been playing at Crewe," he said. "It was a lot quicker as well.

"The emphasis in the reserves was more on your own performance than winning the game.

"In the Conference you need the points."

Yates and his teammates were hardly helped by the appalling conditions at Eton Park.

The wind howled and the rain fell throughout the game - a fact that made the entertainment value of the contest all the more remarkable.

But Yates was hoping for more benign conditions at the Shay today when he was expected to make his home debut against Farnborough Town.

"I am looking forward to the Farnborough game because the pitch at the Shay looks superb," he said. "On Friday the wind and the rain meant the ball was skidding through and it made it difficult.

"I had one clearance where I went to kick the ball with my left foot and missed it, but I think most defenders had one of them."

Yates, whose arrival will spark a battle for the right-back berth with Darren Hockenhull, will be with Town until the end of the season, a deal that suits the club, who want to keep one short-term loan open for emergencies, and the player.

"The fact that it is a season-long deal means I can feel my way in rather than worrying that as soon as I have arrived the end of a month is looming," said Yates.

"I am already enjoying being at the club and I will benefit from an extra week's training with the lads."