Lions chairman Rogerson is hopeful of a mid-table league finish

Guiseley AFC chairman Phil Rogerson.
Guiseley AFC chairman Phil Rogerson.
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GUISELEY chairman Phil Rogerson is targeting an ambitious mid-table finish for the Lions in their maiden voyage in the National League.

Guiseley, ranked as one of the favourites for relegation, may be competing against a host of full-time rivals, but Rogerson is aiming high.

He said: “We‘ve deliberately not gone full-time. But with the signings we’ve made and ones we have retained, we are looking at mid-table and would be disappointed if we weren’t there.

“Locky (Adam Lockwood) has strengthened us at the back and Will Hatfield has certainly shone in pre-season games. Tom (Craddock) also has a good reputation and alongside Adam Boyes, it should cure any problems up front. It’s all looking good.”

“It’s difficult to look at that level above to decide what we need to compete. It’s such an unknown, it’s the same with the admin side.

“You are always concerned you have missed something. But we have coped before and I am sure we will do again.”

Rogerson is also confident that Mark Bower will also step up once again and continue his managerial success at the next level with Guiseley and says the decision to appoint him as Steve Kittrick’s successor in the autumn of 2013 has been fully vindicated.

He added: “Mark is not one to shout about things. He just gets on and gets the job done and he has proved himself..

“I have always said if you can recruit from inside the club, that you have a bit of a running start as that person will know what players are there and Mark also has that league experience.”