Doncaster Rovers defender's gratitude for Accrington Stanley boss
Brad Halliday admits he feels a debt of gratitude to Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman for helping kick start his senior career.
The Doncaster Rovers full back will be reunited with Coleman when Accrington visit the Keepmoat on Saturday.
Halliday spent the 2015/16 season on loan with Stanley – alongside fellow Rovers defender Joe Wright – from Middlesbrough for his first taste of league football.
“I really enjoyed it,” the 24-year-old said.
“John and Jimmy [Bell, assistant manager] gave me the chance to play in the league at the time.
“I’m thankful for that.
“It was an enjoyable time for myself.
“We made the play-offs and we missed out on automatic on the last day, which was hard to swallow.
“In terms of myself, it was a great experience for me.
“I was a young lad out on loan.
“I believe so. At the time I was at Middlesbrough and I didn’t really get a chance.
“John and Jimmy gave me that chance and I’m indebted for that.”
Accrington missed out on an automatic promotion place on goal difference alone before being edged out by a single goal in the play-off semi-finals by AFC Wimbledon.
And Halliday believes the experience stood him in good stead for the future and taught him a valuable lesson about not dwelling on disappointments in the game.
“You dust yourself down and go again the following season,” he said.
“That is what we need to do here. I thought we had a good game on Saturday and played really well but the result wasn’t there for us.”