Hogan’s ready for big step up at Highbury

Liam Hogan has tasted success with Halifax and is hoping for more with Fleetwood Town.
Liam Hogan has tasted success with Halifax and is hoping for more with Fleetwood Town.
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New signing Liam Hogan will do everything in his power to earn a place in the starting line-up at Fleetwood Town come August despite his lack of Football League experience.

The 24-year-old defender stepped up to join the Highbury club on a two-year deal after spending the past three seasons at Halifax.

Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan

He helped the Yorkshire side to clinch a spot in the Conference Premier for next season after victory in the play-off final this month.

Hogan said: “I am over the moon. I am really excited to be here.

“I’ll be raring to go for pre-season and to meet the new lads, and hopefully we will go from strength to strength. I’ll be pushing to try to be a strong contender to be in the starting 11.”

Previously with Leigh Genesis, the centre-half or right-back made 77 league and cup appearances for Halifax and is relishing the step up to the Football League.

He added: “I have been at Halifax for three years and I feel I have had a really successful time there, but I think now is the right time to move on and step up on to a new challenge.

“I think Fleetwood are going places.

“Like Halifax, they have come up through the non-leagues to get where they are now and hopefully I will have great time here.

Hogan hopes his versatility will help him stake his claim in League Two. He added: “I played centre-half at Halifax but moved out to right-back on a couple of occasions.

“That is one of my strengths. I like to carry the ball out as far as I can and get the ball and play football.”

Hogan, who played alongside former Town striker Gareth Seddon last season, can reflect on a successful stint with Halifax, having played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Brackley Town in the play-off final, but now his focus is on the future.

Hogan added: “It was great to go up through the play-offs. Unfortunately we didn’t quite get enough points to go up as champions, but it felt just as good to be going up through the play-offs and into the Conference.

“Gareth Seddon was really great with the lads. He has been working really hard and helped us to get back to the Conference.

“Hopefully we will meet up with them again and I wish Halifax all the best of luck for next season.

“But I have got a new challenge now and I am really looking forward to it.”

First, however, comes a little well-earned rest. “I have a little break coming up now, and it will be nice to get away for a little bit.

“Then when I come back there will still be a couple of weeks before we come back to work, so I am going to get plenty of rest.”