Liam Daly has set his sights on seeing out the rest of his playing days with Solihull Moors after being transfer listed.
Daly, pictured, told The Non-League Paper on Sunday that the uncertainty around his contract situation at Damson Park had left him feeling frustrated and confused.
Centre-back Daly, 32, played a key part in Moors’ promotion push last season when they were pipped by Leyton Orient for the title and then AFC Fylde in the play-off semi-finals.
But Daly’s future appeared to lie elsewhere in September when he was made available for transfer by boss Tim Flowers following a sticky start to the season that saw Moors take just one point from a possible 21.
Since then, however, things have quickly changed again with Daly having won back his place in the starting line-up and steering Moors back into the play-off positions having toppled fellow high-fliers Bromley and in-form Barrow in the FA Cup.
Daly admits it ended a harrowing spell in his career. “It was no hidden fact that Tim Flowers was trying to bring in a centre-half over the summer and I was aware of that,” he told The NLP.
“I always had one eye on things and then we signed Callum Howe from Harrogate. I got left out against Notts County and I got called in to speak to the manager and I told him I thought I should be playing.
“I haven’t got long left on my deal, so I needed to know where I stood. I’m not being big-headed or anything, but I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve been on the bench before.
“Before you know it, I was in a car going to meet another club and when I got there, there was a misunderstanding where they only wanted me on loan until the end of the season,” he recalls.
“There’s no point in me moving on loan because at my age, I need to know I’m sorted for next season so when Solihull Moors say you can go, I’m not interested in leaving on loan, I wanted something sorted permanently.
“The Thursday before the Barrow game, I was getting phone calls asking what kind of sum I would need to pay me up. But I don’t think a figure was ever sent over because come the Sunday, I was having phone calls saying I was needed back in the team.
“I ended up having two weekends out of the team and then I had a phone call saying they wanted to put me back in.”
Now, back as a regular in the team after a rollercoaster few weeks, Daly insists he would have no qualms about playing out his career at the club.
“I want to stay at Solihull Moors,” Daly continues. “I was born here. If I had my way, I’d play there until my legs couldn’t do it any more. I want to stay at this level because it’s not getting any harder for me.
“I’ve never been one to push on things like this, but I need to get my situation sorted because I won’t have a clue what I’m doing come the end of the season.
“I keep asking myself whether I’m just in the team now or whether I’m part of the long-term plans of the club. I need to know.”