Brett Renshaw may have joined Blue Squre Bet North club FC Halifax Town on loan from top of the table Hyde FC…
…but his aim is to make his switch to The Shay permanent.
The 30-year-old started his second Town game in last Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup victory at Lancaster City having made his debut in the home win over Eastwood Town seven days earlier.
And, while leaving the Conference North leaders may not be the ideal for many players, he is in no doubt that he would like to become a permanent member of Neil Aspin’s squad.
“It is nearer for me to travel to and it’s a bigger club,” he said. “I am enjoying it.
“Winning always helps and hopefully I have made that bit of a difference with that bit of experience at the back.
“Hopefully the run we are on can give us more confidence and push us on in the league.”
Renshaw had been a regular in the Hyde side until picking up an injury.
And the fact that the Tameside outfit allowed him to play in the FA Cup suggests they might be inclined to let him join the Shaymen permanently.
“I had a knee injury in the summer and it is just a matter of checking my fitness with games,” he said.
“I had seven at Hyde but got another knock and that set me back but hopefully this will lead to a permanent transfer.”
Renshaw did not complete last Saturday’s game but was quick to point out it was not a problem with his knee but a dead leg picked up in a clash with keeper Phil Senior.
And he could be just the man Aspin has been looking for to steady a young rebuilt defence.
“Every other centre back here is under 23 and you do need a bit of experience in there,” said Renshaw.
“I think I could do the job.”
Aspin is certainly keen to have an extended look at the player who could be the answer to the defensive problems the team suffered in the early weeks of the campaign.
“He’s experienced, he’s a good leader and the only doubt is with his knee,” said the Shay chief.
“It wasn’t a career threatening injury but he might have come back a little bit early.
“He felt he was ready to play, Hyde were a bit doubtful so I decided to bring him in and have a look at him.”