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Salford City: Player Spotlight – Mike Phenix

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 20 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

 

The striker has been pivotal in his sides rise to the play-offs as they look to make it in the National League Premier at the first time of asking, since being promoted from the Northern Premier League Premier Division last season. Phenix has contributed his fair share amassing ten league goals so far, this season for Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson’s outfit – making him the joint fifth highest scorer in the division.

The 27-year-old began his career at the Bolton Wanderers academy. He failed to earn himself a professional contract at The Trotters and was released before he signed for Manchester league amateur side Hindsford.

It wasn’t until 2013 when Phenix signed for AFC Telford after playing for Droylsden and Skelmersdale United previously. The striker played over 40 games for the Shropshire side scoring several goals, and was pivotal in their title winning season which caught the attention of then League One side Barnsley. The South Yorkshire side signed Phenix for a fee of £25,000 three years ago, it didn’t work out for the striker at The Tykes as Phenix was sent on loan to Macclesfield before eventually signing for Southport permanently later in the year.

The 27-year-old just couldn’t find a club to settle in with and at the end of the 2015-16 season Phenix was released from Southport. Although it didn’t take the forward long to find another club with City pouncing in late May of last year as they made sure snapped up their man on a free transfer.

This was a shrewd signing for the joint managers with the striker offering the option of playing direct with his physicality and composure in the opposition’s third. As previously mentioned, Phenix has hit the ground running notching up double figures with his goals, contributing to just under a quarter of Salford’s goals in the campaign so far. Despite this goal return Phenix is going through a bit of a dry patch, having not hit the back of net since the 2-2 draw against Darlington 1883 back at the start of December.

The direct striker will be looking to put his style to good use against The Shaymen’s defence as Billy Heath’s side go in search of their third consecutive victory in the space just under two weeks, after two composed wins over Chorley and Tamworth.

FC Halifax Town host Salford City at the MBi Shay on Saturday 21st January, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.
You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.

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