Craig Clay admitted the lure of regular football was a deciding factor in his decision to join FC Halifax Town.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined the Shaymen from local rivals York City as regular first team football became hard to come by.
Former Chesterfield youngster Clay joined the Club on an initial one-month deal to allow Neil Aspin to cast his eye over his latest recruit, and he admitted he was looking forward to showing what he can do.
“I just want to get back on the field and get what I need which is regular football. Everybody wants to be playing every week but at 21 when you’re training Monday to Friday and then not getting picked on a Saturday it’s one of the worst feelings and I don’t want that anymore.
“I like to get on the ball and move it around. I always look to link up with the striker and try and notch a goal or two of my own.”
For any young, ambitious player, the proposition of dropping from the Football League can be an onerous one. However, Clay insisted that he had few qualms of making the jump into non-league.
“It was a bit daunting. I came through at Chesterfield so I’ve always been used to full-time football, but my main priority now is to play regular football wherever I can and I’m happy that the chance to do so is at Halifax.”
Clay met his new teammates for the first time this Tuesday as they prepared for this weekend’s clash with Cambridge, and the midfielder declared his excitement for the game ahead.
“I’m looking forward to the game. I heard what happened on the first day of the season. The lads said they reckon they could have taken the points if they didn’t go down to nine men. They’re second in the league but hopefully we can pick up a good result and I can have a good start.”
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