Guiseley see several players leave

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Vanarama National League side Guiseley have confirmed the departure of several players.

Goalkeeper Dan Atkinson and striker Michael Rankine have turned down offers to stay at the club, while wingers Joel Logan and Derek Asamoah along with utility player Javan Vidal have been released at the end of their contracts.

Midfielder Adam Boyes has joined former Lions boss Mark Bower at Bradford Park Avenue, while Jake Cassidy has moved to Hartlepool United, who were relegated from League 2 at the end of last term.

Young Guiseley winger Luke Porritt has left the playing squad but remains as a coach within the club’s Community Foundation.

Three players were already contracted going into the 2017-18 campaign with goalkeeper Jonny Maxted, utility player Jake Lawlor and centre-back Ash Palmer tied down on two- year contracts.

In addition, defenders Danny Lowe, Will Wells, Rob Atkinson, Marcus Williams, Elliot Green and Danny East have all extended their stays at the club, along with midfielders James Wesolowski and Will Hatfield.

A key signing has been that of attacking midfielder John Rooney – younger brother of Manchester United and England star Wayne – who has joined the club on a permanent basis following his loan spell from league rivals Wrexham last season.

Talks are still ongoing with other members of last season’s squad and potential targets as Lions boss AdamLockwood builds up his squad ready for the big kick-off.

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