Askey stay was sig­nal for Halls

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

ANDY Halls in­sists it was an easy de­ci­sion to agree terms on a new con­tract with Mac­cles­field Town.

The Silk­men right-back has agreed a new one-year deal with the club and is now tar­get­ing another suc­cess­ful sea­son with John Askey’s men.

Halls, who made 37 ap­pear­ances for the club last sea­son in the Con­fer­ence, spoke to the club’s of­fi­cial web­site and said that the re­ten­tion of boss Askey as man­ager was a big fac­tor in per­suad­ing him to stay at the Moss Rose.

“It took a lit­tle while to get ev­ery­thing sorted be­cause of hol­i­days but it is great to get it all signed off and I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting started in pre-sea­son,” said the 23-year-old.

“I was never look­ing to leave the club. As soon as I knew that the man­ager was stay­ing I was al­ways go­ing to sign.

“It is re­ally good to see a few more of the lads from last sea­son stay­ing as well and we want another good sea­son next year.

“We did so well last sea­son, and we want to keep that mo­men­tum go­ing next sea­son.

“Ev­ery­body was sur­prised how well we did last sea­son and maybe there is some ex­pec­ta­tion on us next sea­son – but we are all look­ing for­ward to it.”

Two play­ers who fea­tured last sea­son – Matt Barnes-Homer and Will Hain­ing – will not be part of Askey’s squad next time around,

Barnes-Homer has joined one of his for­mer clubs, Alder­shot Town, while Hain­ing has signed for Evo-Stik Noth­ern Premier League side Ash­ton United.

Striker Barnes-Homer leaves af­ter scor­ing 32 goals for the Silk­men dur­ing his two spells, and he en­joyed ev­ery minute of his time at Moss Rose.

“It was great to be part of Mac­cles­field as they have a fan­tas­tic man­ager and a good bunch of lads,” he said.

“The fans are su­perb there too so it was cer­tainly ex­cit­ing to be in­volved in all of that.

“We were in the play­offs for most of the sea­son and at one point were even chal­leng­ing for the league as we were just two points be­hind Bar­net.

“Ev­ery team has a bad run and we hit ours at the wrong time and went through a pe­riod where we slipped up.

“It was a hell of a run though and all credit to the rest of the play­ers for the belief they showed through­out the sea­son.”

The 29-year-old first ar­rived at Mac­cles­field dur­ing the 2012/13 cam­paign, play­ing in the side that were rel­e­gated from League Two that sea­son.

He later had spells at For­est Green Rovers, Cam­bridge United and White­hawk, be­fore re­join­ing Town last sum­mer.

Barnes-Homer was at Alder­shot back in 2004, but played just two matches for them dur­ing that time.

Vet­eran de­fender Hain­ing also leaves af­ter join­ing from Hyde FC last sum­mer. The 32-year-old’s time at the club was marred with in­jury, mean­ing he was lim­ited to just 12 league ap­pear­ances for the club.

He started his ca­reer at Old­ham Ath­letic, spend­ing six years with the League One club from 2001 to 2007, be­fore go­ing on to have spells with St Mir­ren and More­cambe.

Hain­ing and Bar­nesHomer have now joined the likes of Adri­ano Moke, Scott Bar­row and Rhys Tay­lor who have signed for new teams this sum­mer.

‘I was never look­ing to leave. As soon as I knew the man­ager was stay­ing I was al­ways go­ing to sign.

●● Andy Halls sign­ing his new deal at the Moss Rose this week

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