LIVERSEDGE made a deadline day signing to help boost their final run-in.
Central midfielder Paddy McGuire has arrived at Clayborn from Ossett Town but he is also well-known in non-league football having played at Wakefield and Frickley Athletic.
The signing of McGuire was completed on Wednesday just ahead of the Northern Counties East League transfer deadline.
McGuire will be in contention for Liversedge’s Premier Division game tomorrow at home to Pickering Town, kick-off 3pm.
Liversedge manager Billy Miller described the signing as a good one for the club: “We got Paddy in just before the transfer deadline he is an experienced player and he could be involved against Pickering, you don’t bring that calibre of player in and not play them.
“We have had a few injuries and illnesses in recent weeks and his arrival should relieve that a bit.
“Paddy has a few friends at Liversedge, he played at Bradford City with Damien Hopkins, he is a player we hope will see what is going on here and want to stay for next season.”
The game against Pickering tomorrow has taken on a new significance after the North Yorkshire side leap frogged over Liversedge into 13th place in the NCE table.
Liversedge were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Maltby Main last Saturday, while Pickering pulled off the result of the week in the Premier Division, by beating second placed Bridlington 3-1.
Miller concedes tomorrow’s game will be a tough one: “When we met Pickering in a cup tie I thought they would go on and do well this season but that didn’t materialise, they have recently changed their manager and that seems to have done the trick.”
Changes can be expected for the game tomorrow from last Saturday’s side. Alex Hallam played at left-back and Liversedge missed his contribution higher up the field. Lee Ashworth also took his place in goal to take the pressure off Danny Knight. Miller also brought in Matty Thompson from the Under-19s.
“We got our noses in front against Maltby but to their credit they came back and made it hard for us, at one point they could have even won it, there was no flow to our play and that is something we are working on.
Miller is also looking beyond the next few weeks: “We are trying to build for next year now and so far I am getting a lot of really positive feedback, ideally I would like to go into summer with a strong squad already signed up.”
There will also be a cause for celebration as Andy Shuttleworth is on 99 games for the club.
Miller explained: “We want to make a big thing of it when Andy reaches his 100 games. He has been a brilliant servant to the club.”
He has been injured recently but is aiming to return before the end of the season.