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By Matt Bishop
FC Halifax Town defender Scott McManus is aiming high after the club’s brilliant start to the National League campaign, and his own ongoing return from injury.
The 28-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the 2016 FA Vase Final, in which he also scored, and only made his comeback to first-team football at the end of last season, as The Shaymen completed their return to Non-League’s top-tier.
It has been a long, hard-journey for FA Halifax’s longest-serving player, but he is now raring to go, and dreaming of a repeat of the team’s play-off push in 2014, as they currently sit second in the league – just one point behind Sutton.
Speaking to the Halifax Courier, McManus said: “We’ve done it before as a club so why not again?
“Hopefully we’ve not peaked too early and we can keep it going, pick up some results away from home and keep getting three points at the Shay, who knows what we can do?
“I think we’ve had a really good start. Maybe we weren’t playing the best football at the start of the season but we’ve played a lot better in the last few games.
“We’ve had a lot of new players so it takes time for them to gel. But hopefully that’s happened now and we can kick on.”
McManus is also certain he can play his part in what could be a special season at The Shay, after insisting his fitness is back to 100% after getting valuable minutes under his belt.
“I got myself back as fit as I could but you can only get yourself match-fit by playing games, and after playing a few consecutively now I’m feeling better each time.
“I think I went from hating football to liking it again in the last few weeks!
“It’s one of those things. Football’s football, it can be cruel at times and it can be really nice. Hopefully it can keep being nice for a bit now.”