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MARK HALSTEAD SIGNS TWO YEAR DEAL

17 June 2019

MARK Halstead has signed a new two-year deal with the Shrimps.

The former Blackpool and Shrewsbury keeper, who had an excellent first season with the Shrimps, says he is delighted to have signed a new deal.

He said: “I enjoyed last year and when the manager offered me a new deal it was an easy decision for me.

“It was great to get the players’ player of the year award last year. That was a real highlight and fantastic to be recognised by the rest of the lads and I still think there is more to come from me.

“I can’t wait now to get back now and get the pre season underway.'’

Boss Jim Bentley added: "Mark came to us late in pre season from Southport and fitted in with the squad straight away.

"He was understudy to Barry early on and he worked very hard for when his chance came along and when it did he excelled and proved what a good keeper he is. He had some outstanding games, Port Vale away springs to mind.

"It speaks volumes when Barry returned to fitness, that Mark kept his place for a lot of the time.

"There is nothing between them now and what is good is that Barry and Mark are close friends, respect each other and push each other every day in training, that’s what we want throughout the squad in every position.

"As a manager, it’s great to have two number ones in your squad that you trust and like as players and people.

"Everyone will have their own opinion on who they’d like to see play but I’m looking forward to seeing how they both do in pre season during both training and games.
“It will be a nice headache for me to have.''


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