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Second best again not an option at Guiseley
There could be more player movement at Nethermoor in the coming weeks as Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick looks to hone his squad for a tilt at the Blue Square Bet North title.
The Lions finished second last season but suffered the agony of defeat in the play-offs. Kittrick swore then that he would do everything in his power to avoid the same pain at the end of this campaign by claiming the championship and the one automatic promotion place that goes with it.
Speaking after the Boxing Day derby at home to Bradford Park Avenue, which Guiseley won 1-0, Kittrick said: “There will be at least one player going out and, depending on who is available, there will be at least one coming in.
“I will be going to the board and asking for funds to sign the one or two players that I feel will make the difference. There is one area in particular that I would like to strengthen and I’m sure everyone knows which area.”
Kittrick wants more firepower as he feels the forwards are not getting the goals the club need to haul in runaway leaders Chester. The last thing he wants is second best again but, at the moment, they are in the runners-up spot again.
Since Boxing Day, left back Jamie Clark has departed to take up a coaching role in Thailand. The club have also received a fee for centre-back Simon Ainge after his move to Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Luton Town was finally made permanent.
Club secretary Adrian Towers said: “It is a win-win situation for all involved. We get a good fee for Simon, Luton get a quality player and Simon gets the chance to play full time at a higher level.”
The ‘good fee’ for the former Bantams defender, who became club captain during his time at Nethermoor, will remain ‘undisclosed’.
But no doubt the influx of cash will add to Kittrick’s determination to convince the club’s hierarchy to invest in his push to get the club into the country’s fifth tier.