LEEDS UNITED midfielder Alex Purver has re-joined Guiseley for a second loan spell at Nethermoor.
The 21-year-old made a considerable impact during his spell with the Lions in the first half of the campaign, scoring two goals – and has now reunited with the club for the rest of the 2016-17 season as Adam Lockwood’s side seek to rubber-stamp their National League safety in the closing month and a half of the current campaign.
Purver made 21 appearances in total for the Nethermoor men, including 19 starts, with his last appearance coming in the Boxing Day victory over Lincoln City.
His all-action style saw him make a big impact with the Lions and quickly become a fans’ favourite, with his re-signing representing a bit of the coup for the Lions.
Purver is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer, having signed a one-year deal last June.
Purver could make his ‘second’ debut in Saturday’s home encounter with Dover Athletic.
On his signing, general manager Adie Towers said: “Alex is a good lad and we had been trying to hopefully get him back and he is also a hard-working lad and he fits right into our squad.
“We are pleased to get him back.”
Meanwhile, National League North outfit Harrogate Town have signed young defender James King on loan from League One side Bradford City until the end of April.
King committed his future to the Bantams by signing a new one-year contract in June after the 20-year-old’s current deal expired in May.
After graduating up from City’s youth set-up, King enjoyed his first season as a professional last year with the Valley Parade outfit.
The defender’s campaign was hampered, however, by a serious ankle sustained early into the season. King was sidelined for over three months with the injury but he returned in time to help City’s reserves secure the Final Development League West Division.
FC Halifax Town have signed midfielder Joel Logan on loan from Guiseley until the end of the season, while Town’s Isaac Baldwin has joined Spennymoor Town until the end of the season.