We are delighted to announce the return and signing of Marcus Dewhurst on a season long loan from Sheffield United.
Young goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst has returned from international duty with England Under-19s in Germany and became a big favourite with the Lions fans last season in a loan period which lasted from Christmas to the end of the campaign.
He will step out in a Guiseley shirt once again when the Lions entertain Hereford at Nethermoor on Saturday and the young Blades ‘keeper is looking forward to it.
He said: “I can’t wait to get playing at Guiseley again. I am excited to be coming back to Nethermoor to play and I am looking forward to training with the lads there and to playing in front of the Guiseley supporters. Guiseley have had a good start to the season and it will be good to be battling at the top of the table for a play-off place rather than at the bottom end of the table where we were last season.”
Joint Manager Russ O’Neill was happy to welcome the young ‘keeper back to Nethermoor saying:”We are delighted to welcome Marcus back. We all saw the potential he has when he was with us last season. His loan was a positive all round, not only for us at Guiseley but for Marcus personally. His impressive performances helped him to earn a new long term contract at Sheffield United and we are proud to have played our part in his development.”
Dewhurst sees another loan spell at Guiseley helping to further his career saying:”The England coaches are quite happy for me to play at National League North level with Guiseley. It progresses my game more to play men’s football than to play youth and Under-23 football.”
The 18 year-old, who started his career as a striker, has previously represented England at Under-17 and Under-18 levels but recently got his first call up to the England Under-19 squad
and played for the second-half in the 3-1 defeat of Greece at St George’s Park.
He then travelled to Germany for Monday’s game but was an unused substitute as England lost 1-0.
Dewhurst scored a late goal in England U18’s 1-1 draw with Spain in Slovakia in the summer showing he still has his shooting boots when required.
Marcus is the son of Burley-in-Wharfedale raised Rob Dewhurst who signed for Blackburn Rovers on leaving school. The centre-back later moved on to Hull City and settled in the Hull area where Marcus was raised.
Read an exclusive interview with Marcus in Saturday’s match day programme which is available from our programme sellers on entry to the ground for just £3.
Meanwhile we can confirm that George Sykes-Kenworthy has been recalled by Bradford City at the end of his loan with Russ paying tribute to the stopper.
Russ said:”George had a real positive loan with us but his loan agreement was such that he could be called back at any point by Bradford City if an injury occurred to their first choice goalkeeper. Gary Bowyer at Bradford City was outstanding with us in his honesty about the situation and we thank Gary and George immensely.
He also praised Lloyd Allinson who made his debut on his 26th Birthday at Chester “Marcus will be available for Saturday v Hereford after completing his England U-19 training camp and we are extremely lucky to have both Marcus and former Huddersfield Town ‘keeper Lloyd Allinson at our club. Lloyd made his debut at Chester last week.”