Following FC Halifax Town’s 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday evening. Jamie Allen spoke to Kelly Gilchrist to give his thoughts so far.
He said: “I’m raring to go. Back up north, back at home. I can’t wait to get playing. I enjoyed my time at Dover, but I felt it was time to get back up north. I was getting a little bit homesick. It was affecting me, my performances on the pitch. My main priority was to get back home and obviously with Halifax showing interest I jumped at the chance.”
Having signed from Dover, Allen thanked Hessenthaler for understanding the situation and not blocking the move.
He said: “I spoke with the manager at Dover. I explained the situation. I still had a year on my contract. But Andy Hessenthaler is a decent guy and he understood. He said if anybody comes in then he’ll let me go.”
Allen played in both games against the Shaymen last season and felt Town were tough opposition in both games.
He said: “They were tough games. I don’t think we did too well against you. Hopefully that’s the same again this season.”
Prior to joining Dover, Allen has played for Southport and Stalybridge amongst others. The forward feels he will be able to kick on now he’s back home.
He said: “I had a decent season for Southport. You could say it didn’t really work out at Dover. A big part of that was me not really enjoying being down there. It is hard mentally. Now I’m back home, I’m happy and just looking to get back enjoying football.”
Allen comes in as a forward that can provide different options depending on the situation and game plan.
He said: “I’ll be a nuisance to defenders. I’ll look to spin in behind or come to feet. I can adapt, I can play up front or on the wings. I can give whoever the new manager is options. The main thing is I just want to play football.”
Allen has come straight into preseason with the Shaymen. Having made the move, Allen admits that wherever you are, preseason is always difficult.
He said: “I did a little bit of preseason with Dover, which was tough. I came into this preseason and it’s still tough. As players we don’t really like the running side but when we start playing football, we start enjoying it again. Now the games are coming we can enjoy it more.”
Having played in both the game against Farsley Celtic and Doncaster, Allen feels he is getting back up to match fitness.
He said: “Yeah, they are the bank. I felt better this game than on Saturday. But I still feel like I’ve got to play more games to get up to scratch. It’s going to come. When the season starts, I’ll be ready. Darlington will be another chance to get some minutes so I’m looking forward to it.”
The Shaymen travel to Ebbsfleet United for the opening game of the season. Allen knows how important it is to get off to a good start.
He said: “We would have preferred to have the first game at home. But that’s football. We’re going to prepare right. Hopefully we can get a result. The next two at home is going to be big for us so hopefully we can get off to a good start. It’ll be great if the fans stick with us. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer for”
Allen links up with Tobi Sho-Silva who also signed from Dover. The first time Sho-Silva knew about Allen’s move was at one of Town’s training session.
He said: “I was looking for a drink and somebody said there’s another lad upstairs called Tobi and I said, ‘Tobi who?’ and they said ‘Tobi Sho-Silva’. So, I went to him and saw him signing with his agent. It’s always good to have a familiar face. Tobi’s a great lad and hopefully we can get off to a good start.”
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