We can be champs says Halls

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town de­fender Andy Halls be­lieves there is no rea­son why the Silk­men can’t be­come cham­pi­ons of the Na­tional League next sea­son.

Halls re­cently signed a new deal with the club to keep him at the Moss Rose for an­other sea­son.

Macc had pro­mo­tion am­bi­tions dur­ing the lat­est cam­paign, but a poor run of form at the start of 2016 saw the team drop down the ta­ble.

Halls is con­fi­dent that won’t hap­pen this time, and feels the squad is more than ca­pa­ble of fin­ish­ing top of the ta­ble.

“Pro­mo­tion is the main tar­get for next sea­son. Ei­ther in first or the play-offs, I’m just happy with pro­mo­tion – that’s got to be the aim,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“I think that the nu­cleus of the team is there so there’s no rea­son why we can’t start the sea­son the way we fin­ished and go on to get pro­moted.”

Halls has de­vel­oped a good re­la­tion­ship with man­ager John Askey dur­ing his time at the club, and he felt that played a big part in his de­ci­sion to stay.

“There was no doubt in my mind, I never wanted to leave. There’s been a few ne­go­ti­a­tions but it hap­pens ev­ery year,” he said.

“I’ve been go­ing back and forth with the man­ager and I’ve had some good chats with him, and now I’m just look­ing to play as many games as pos­si­ble.

“I think I had a good back end of the sea­son so hope­fully I start that way, keep it go­ing and be a bit more con­sis­tent.

“I want to try and chip in with a few goals as well and do things a bit dif­fer­ent and pick up points.”

Halls joined Mac­cles­field from Stock­port County back in 2013 and the 24-year-old made 42 ap­pear­ances for the club last sea­son.

●● Andy Halls

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