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League One and League Two clubs tracking National League hotshot

According to reports, a number of League One and League Two clubs are keeping tabs on FC Halifax Town’s Liam McAlinden.

The National League hotshot only arrived at the West Yorkshire side earlier this summer after leaving Cheltenham Town.

McAlinden, 26, has so far found the net six times in 11 appearances to take the Shayman up to an impressive second place, just a point behind leaders Bromley.

Scouts from clubs in the English Football League turned up to watch him in action against Harrogate Town late last month and have kept their eye on his performance since.

The player only signed a short term deal, meaning they could snap him up for free come the January transfer window.

He came through the academy with Wolves and his only league goal for them came in front of 10,000 of their fans who travelling away to MK Dons in March 2014.

His first senior goal on 3 September 2013 in a Football League Trophy tie against Walsall.

McAlinden made loan appearances for Shrewsbury Town (twice), Fleetwood Town (twice) and Crawley Town before heading to Exeter City on a free transfer in 2016. That’s where he scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in 35 games.

After a two year stay with the Grecians, he then signed a two year deal with Cheltenham Town, who decided to send him out on an initial month’s loan with Brackley Town, where he scored once in five matches.

He returned to Cheltenham after one month, and two days later, joined Kidderminster Harriers also on loan deal for one month. The club announced on 21 February 2019, that the loan deal had been extended until the end of the season. He played 13 matches in total.

New Halifax manager Pete Wild signed him up and he’s had a great start to the 2019–20 season.


Fans gave their thoughts to the claim that League One and Two sides were keen on Halifax’s Liam McAlinden – see what they made of the player on the next page.


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