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Hartlepool United: I Didn’t Think Twice

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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Wed 21 Feb 2018
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New FC Halifax Town signing Mike Fondop-Talom says he has a lot to bring to the club, as he joins on a loan deal running to the end of the season.

The striker, who joins from fellow Vanarama National League side Guiseley AFC, made a brief appearance in Town’s 2-0 win over Hartlepool United, as the Shaymen ended their eight-game winless run to move them four points clear of the drop zone.

After the game, Fondop-Talom told Shaymen TV about his move to the club, and that he cannot wait to get started.

“I heard about it from the sporting director at Guiseley, who told me that Halifax were interested in signing me. Obviously, we have around thirteen games left of this season and Guiseley told me it would be tough for me to play there because they were looking to bring in a new striker.

“When I heard about the interest from Halifax it sounded like a good move for me, I didn’t think twice.

“My job is to score goals so that is why I am here, and my previous coaches have told me that I am good in the air, I am good technically with the ball at my feet, confident going one-on-one and that I have pace. That is what I will bring”.

With the announcement of his signing coming less than an hour before kick-off, Fondop-Talom was instantly named on the bench for Neil Young’s side, with new manager Jamie Fullarton watching on from the stands.

He may not have had long to get used to his surroundings, but the loanee says the fans made him feel more than welcome on his debut at the MBi Shay Stadium.

“Even during half time when I was getting ready some of the fans came over to talk to me and wish me well. They were encouraging me, saying ‘make sure you give your all when you come on’ and ‘we are all behind you’.

“I was not used to this kind of support. I think there was over 1000 people here, so it was good. The lads and the gaffer as well, everyone was really nice, so I cannot complain about that.”

The game itself provided what was certainly a much-needed win for a Shaymen side that had not tasted victory in their last eight league outings.

After slow start in the first half, two quick goals midway through the second half saw Nathan Hotte and Ben Tomlinson secure the three points for the home side when they needed it the most.

For Fondop-Talom, the victory means a lot to the club as well as to himself on a personal level.

“The gaffer wanted me to come on a bit earlier, around the 70th minute when we were level. But then we scored and then scored again so I got around eleven minutes. It was not enough for me to express myself fully, but I think I had an impact from what the lads told me.

“It was a six pointer, so it was really important to get this win. I cannot remember the last time I won a game so for me it was a great feeling to be involved and I am happy for that. Hopefully we keep doing that because it means a lot to me”.

Head over to Shaymen TV to hear the full interview with Fondop-Talom along with more post-match reaction from Hotte and Young.

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