There have been two significant departures from Nethermoor during the close season but Guiseley boss Steve Kittrick has worked through the summer to secure replacements and further strengthen the squad.

Speaking from his holiday in Portugal, Kittrick said: “We have made four major captures and when I get back I’m hoping we can finalise another couple.”

The two players definitely out are Adam Muller, last season’s second top scorer, and former Bradford Park Avenue and FC United of Manchester striker Stuart Rudd. All of the remaining squad that earned promotion to the Blue Square North last season were asked to return to pre-season training this week.

Kittrick added: “We couldn’t match the wage demands of Adam Muller so he has gone to Eastwood Town and we have let Ruddy go.

“We offered terms to everyone else and, one by one, they have been coming in to agree terms for the new season, which will be the first for the club in the Conference set-up and we are all looking forward to it.

“I think we have done well in the transfer market so far. We have got Joe O’Neill, who was Stalybridge Celtic’s top scorer last season. He got 21 goals in the division we are going into and at 27 is the type of player we want to be bringing in.

“Another big plus for us is landing Dave Syers, who was with Farsley Celtic before they folded. He is a very versatile player who prefers a place in the centre of midfield and can get goals from there. I think he ended with 19 goals last season.

“Others that have already agreed to join us are Ryan Tolson from Gainsborough Trinity and Warren Payton, who was at Altrincham last term. They all have the track record and have done it in the league we are in.

“We will miss the players that have gone, especially Adam, but we believe that we have more quality in than we had last year.”