Askey stay was signal for Halls
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