LIAM Ellis believes sacrificing his Football League dream to join Denton Town can pay off in the long run.
The 20-year-old left crisis club Macclesfield, who have seen matches cancelled amid concerns they may go out of business.
Now after dropping out of the English football pyramid to link up.again with Town, who play in Cheshire Football League, division one, Ellis is adamant it is the right decision.
He also told of a lack of morale among Macclesfield’s Under-21 team players, which may have been caused by the uncertainty surrounding the club.
He said: “ I joined Denton pre season and was with them early on in the season, I scored a few goals from right back and assisted just as many.
“However I then got a message off my old manager from Macclesfield Town, saying that I had been put in the squad for the U21s!
“My time there was OK but in terms of a squad, the morale was just not up to have it should be. We didn’t feel like a squad and maybe pressure from all the stuff going on influenced that, I’m not sure.
“But it didn’t feel right and there was always something missing.
“So even though I was seeing out 90 minutes every game and the number nine shirt was mine in that squad, I made the decision to take a step back from that and give myself the opportunity to have some time to myself and get my fitness up to scratch fully.
Ellis, who lives in Stockport, was at Denton Town earlier this season.
And when the call came from joint-manager Phil Cooper, it was an easy decision to make.
He added: “I got a message off Phil asking if I fancied signing back for Town.
“Which right now seems like the perfect opportunity for me to build on my game and play with players of a good standard and ability.
“My ambition and hopes for 2020 is to help take the club to finish as high as we possibly can for this season and we’ve got the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy final to come.
“And I feel very confident that with the squad and management we’ve got that we will see that through and bring some silverware back to the club.
“After having words with the manager, the ambition is to win that league and make a statement to everyone.
“We want to be a team that others dread showing up on a Saturday afternoon to play and I’m sure that’s possible.”
Phil himself believes signing Ellis signals their intent for the remainder of the season.
He said: “Bringing Liam Ellis back is a big bonus.
“He’s young with masses of ability and can play in numerous positions.
“When he stopped playing earlier this season it was a big loss and I can’t wait to see him back on the pitch in Town’s colours.”