Macclesfield midfielder tells us more about his move to Latics.
- Danny Whitehead signed for Latics from Macclesfield Town.
- Midfielder to spend the rest of the 2015/16 season with the Silkmen.
- 22-year-old has had spells with Stockport County, West Ham United and Accrington Stanley.
What’s your background, and how did you make your way into first team football?
“I joined Stockport County when I was 15 and I spent three years there. I did my apprenticeship there and moved up into the first team.
“That was my first experience of first team football, before I went on trial with West Ham and moved down there.
“I was excited as soon as I was aware of their interest, it was a trial at first, but things went really well and a few weeks later I got a call to say they’d like to sign me.
“I spent a year and a half at West Ham and the quality there in our group was very good, it definitely helped me to develop as a player.”
Your debut at West Ham was a bit of a baptism of fire, how do you reflect on it?
“It’s not nice to start your first game for a club and lose 5-0 in the FA Cup, but it was all about the experience for me and I learned a lot from it.
“There was a lot to learn from being at West Ham, but I left in January 2015 and joined Accrington close towards the end of the season.”
You joined Macclesfield in the summer, how have things been going for you there?
“It’s been great to get consistent first team football again.
“Things are going great there, we’re in the play offs now. We started a bit slowly, but the last couple of results have really pushed us on, especially because they both came away from home against tough sides.
“On our day I’m confident we can beat anyone in the league. We’ve won seven from our last 10 in the National League, so we’re looking up and hoping to stay in the play off places at least.”
What can Latics supporters expect from you as a player and what will your situation for the rest of this season?
“I’m energetic and like to cover a lot of ground in midfield, whilst getting forward as much as I can, which is something I’ve managed to do this season, and I’m pretty happy with the four goals I’ve got so far.
“It’s important for my development to keep playing as much as possible at Macclesfield.
“I’ll be doing a few days training at both clubs, with the hopes of helping Macclesfield to achieve their aims come the end of the season.
“This is an exciting club to join, I used to play against Wigan for Stockport in my youth team, so I’ve seen all the facilities before, and it’s a great place to be.
“It’s a really good move for me. My main focus on the pitch is with Macclesfield, but I’m excited to start settling in here as well.”
On a side note, you came through at Stockport with a familiar name to Latics supporters…
“Yes, I played with Ryan Jennings when we were younger, and we live quite close to each other too.
“I met up with him again at Accrington at the end of last season, it was only for a few games, but it was good because he’s a good player.
“He’s always been a problem for defenders because of his speed and his movement, so I’m not surprised he’s playing well in the National League.
“It would be nice to see him there at the end of the season when we play Cheltenham, and hopefully come out with the result then to give me something shout about.”