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The 21/22 Squad So Far

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Posted by Luke Davis
Posted on Mon 12 Jul 2021
Posted in First Team

Sam Johnson is currently Town’s longest serving player having first joined in 2015 under then-manager Jim Harvey. Initially joining on loan from Port Vale, Johnson instantly became The Shaymen’s no.1 and played a crucial part in the FA Trophy victory. After a brief loan spell with Gateshead, Johnson returned on loan to help Town win the National League North playoffs before signing permanently in the summer of 2017.

Jack Senior joined his hometown club last summer as he signed a one year deal with Town. Having come through the youth ranks at Huddersfield Town, Senior spent time at Luton Town and Harrogate Town before joining Gloucester City. After leaving Gloucester at the end of last season, Senior joined the Shaymen and shared the role of left wingback with Danny Williams.

Neill Byrne joined the Shaymen last summer from relegated side AFC Fylde. The centre back spent his youth career with Belvedere and Nottingham Forest where he went professional. After joining Rochdale in 2012, Byrne spent time on loan at Barrow and Southport before signing for AFC Telford United. Having been capped 4 times by the Republic of Ireland U19s, the centre back signed a two year deal last summer.

Tom Bradbury made the switch from Yeovil Town last season. Like the Shaymen, Yeovil failed to win the playoffs last season. Despite being just 23, the centre back already has plenty of experience, having played for MK Dons, Bishop’s Stortford, Dundee and York. Making the move to Halifax last summer, Bradbury has found his home on the left side of a back three.

Jamie Allen is now entering his third season with the Shaymen having joined under Jamie Fullerton in the summer of 2019. The forward started out at Fleetwood Town before spending time on loan at AFC Fylde and Barrow. Allen made the move to Southport where he enjoyed some of the best form of his career before making a move to the south coast with Dover Athletic in 2017.

Kieran Green signed for the Shaymen last summer after playing a key part in York City’s unsuccessful National League North playoff campaign. Having come through at Hartlepool, Green spent time on loan at Spennymoor, Frickley, and Gateshead before making a permanent move to Blyth Spartans. After just one full season in Blyth, Green made the move to York.

Jake Hyde signed for the Shaymen last summer having scored 16 goals for Woking FC the previous season. The experienced forward has previously plied his trade for clubs in both England and Scotland including, Swindon Town, Barnet, and Dundee. The striker finished last season as Town’s top scorer with 13 goals in 28 appearances despite several injuries.

Matty Stenson signed for the Shaymen last August, however the forward managed just 15 minutes of competitive football after suffering a serious injury in the home fixture against Wealdstone. Stenson came through the youth ranks at Coventry City before having spells at Leamington, Telford United, and Barwell. The striker spent two years at Solihull Moors before joining the Shaymen.

Jay Benn came through the Halifax youth team and is one of two players to be representing their hometown team alongside Jack Senior. The defender signed his first professional contract with the Club in January 2020 before spending time on loan at Brighouse Town. Benn made three appearances last season and will be hoping to get more game time this year.

Luke Summerfield signed for the Shaymen having spent two years at National League side Wrexham. The experienced midfielder came through at Plymouth Argyle before establishing himself in the first team there. Summerfield then spent time in the football league at Cheltenham Town, Shrewsbury Town, York City, and Grimsby Town. Despite suffering from an injury, the midfielder made 33 appearances last season, scoring six goals.

Dom Tear signed for the Shaymen last summer from local side Huddersfield Town. The wide man was named Huddersfield’s Academy Player of the Year in 2018, before he spent time on loan at Gateshead. Tear struggled for game time last year making just 11 appearances.

Martin Woods made the move back to English football when he signed for the Shaymen last summer after leaving Dundee. The experienced midfielder had previously played in the Premier League for Sunderland as well as the football league for Rotherham and Barnsley. Despite suffering from the effects of long-COVID last season, Woods made 39 appearances, scoring four goals.

Kian Spence signed for Town last October from Scarborough Athletic. The young midfielder came up through the ranks at Middlesbrough before joining Scarborough in 2019 where he featured in both defence and midfield. Following his signing, Spence went back on loan to Scarborough until the end of December 2020. Upon his return, Spence suffered a serious injury in training which delayed his first start for the Shaymen.

Niall Maher signed for Town in 2018 under Jamie Fullarton. Having signed from Telford United for the last few months of the 2017/18 campaign, Maher is now entering his fourth full season with the Shaymen. Having come through the youth ranks at Bolton, Maher spent two seasons in the football league with Blackpool and Bury before joining League of Ireland Premier Division side Galway United in 2017. The defender made 40 appearances last season and was named captain whilst Nathan Clarke was out injured.

Harvey Gilmour was the first summer signing for the Shaymen having left Stockport County at the end of the previous season. Gilmour came through the youth ranks at Sheffield United, the midfielder then joined Tranmere Rovers on loan before making the switch permanent in 2019. Whilst with Tranmere, Gilmour helped them to promotion via the League Two playoffs. Gilmour then dropped into the National League with Stockport where he spent last season.

Billy Waters was the Shaymen’s second signing this season having left Torquay United. Waters began his career at Crewe Alexandra before joining Cheltenham Town in 2015. The forward then moved on to Northampton Town in 2017. Whilst at Northampton, Waters spent time on loan at Cambridge United, Cheltenham, and Newport County. Waters spent last season at Torquay helping the Devonshire club to the National League playoff final.

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