Interview: Daryll Hall

By Daniel Prince

Daryll Hall has agreed a move to South Shields from West Auckland Town.

The defender will now enter his second spell with the Mariners, who he played for between 2010 and 2011.

We caught up with the 30-year-old to discuss his switch to Mariners Park.

Q: Welcome back to South Shields, Daryll! What made you rejoin the club?

A: I’ve played for the club before, and it was a great place to be with a good fanbase.

It’s a really well-supported club, especially when things are going well, and I can’t wait to get started.

I’ve spoken to the club about the plans, and there are exciting times ahead.

It took a lot of persuading for me to drop down from the First Division to sign for Shields.

I had a good spell with West Auckland, and it took some doing to drop down from the First Division.

I wouldn’t have come if the club wasn’t going in the right direction.

Q: You’ve played under the manager, Jon King, before. Was he a big influence in your decision to come back?

A: Jon deserves a break, as he has been with the club through good and bad times.

It has been a really tough couple of years for him and the club, but Jon is a good manager and I’ve played under him at Morpeth and South Shields.

When I spoke to Jon, it quickly became obvious how ambitious the club is.

They really want to push things forward and it is going to be a great club to be involved with.

Q: What are your memories of the club from your first spell?

A: It was always a great club with a very good backroom staff, and that’s still the same.

The people who are involved are there from the goodness of their own heart, and they do a lot for you.

The little things make a big difference, and the club has always been very good to me.

Q: Your dad, David, is on the coaching staff at the club for the second time in his career. Will it be nice to play under him again?

A: I’ve played under my dad before at Morpeth and Crook, so this will be the third time.

I used to come and watch South Shields as a kid when my dad was assistant manager. I was about nine-year-old.

I went to every training session and used to join in, and watched every game.

I’ve got a lot of memories with the club.

(Image below: Jon King, Daryll Hall and David Hall)

jon king daryll hall david hallQ: How would you describe yourself as a player, both in terms of technically and mentally?

A: I’m a very vocal player, and that’s part of my game.

I used to play at Shields with Paul Stoneman, and he helped me massively with that side of things.

If I play alongside a younger centre-half next season, then I’ll be doing the same with them.

I’m a big, tall centre-half who is very vocal. I don’t lose many headers and I love a tackle.

50/50s are my thing, and I love a 50/50 tackle almost as much as I love my girlfriend!

Q: What targets have you set for next season?

A: Our goal is to win the league next season.

I wouldn’t take anything less than promotion, and we’ll all be under pressure to deliver that.

If we do go to the top of the league early in the season, every game will become a cup final, with everyone trying to beat us.

We have to be able to handle that.

Q: And it would be nice to have a good cup run, as well. North Shields showed what was possible last season…

A: It would be a massive thing to get a good cup run going, especially if that’s in the FA Vase.

It will be our first year together, but it would be great to get a good run going and a few away trips.

The main priority is to win the league, but a good cup run is always fantastic.

I can’t wait for pre-season to begin and to meet the team. This is a very exciting challenge.

You can see Daryll and his new team-mates in action 21 times in the league next season at Mariners Park by purchasing a season ticket! For enquiries, please call 0191 537 2633, and for full details, follow the link: Season tickets – 2015-16