We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Jake Day who joins the club following his departure from Alfreton Town.
The Lions will certainly have a bit of punch up front when they start the new season after signing 6ft 3 ins heavyweight boxer Jake Day writes Rachel O’Connor.
Day was a late starter in football only entering the men’s pyramid of football at the age of 24 having intrigued his boxing mentor Curtis Woodhouse with the number of goals he was scoring.
Woodhouse, another who has combined the two sports of football and boxing, was impressed with Day’s exploits at lower levels and recommended him to Scarborough Athletic.
He had a dual registration with Bridlington Town and then signed permanently for them netting 85 goals in 107 games.
He spent two and a half years at Bridlington before Woodhouse signed him for Tadcaster Albion where he made 20 appearances in the first Covid 19 affected season. He then played for Alfreton in the 2020-21 season, another cut short by Covid, before Woodhouse recommended him to Guiseley manager Russ O’Neill.
Of his signing Day said:”It is a big step from Step 5 to Step 2 in just four years and I have no history of junior football or being attached to Academies but once I started playing open age football in Sunday leagues and then Saturday’s I have always seemed to score a lot of goals.”
This is backed up by the fact that Bridlington-based groundworker Day netted 68 goals in one season in the Driffield and District League in just 22 games and 50 goals in 24 games in the East Riding County League before moving up the Pyramid after nine goals in four games in the Humber Premier League.
Day, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, said: “I used to play in a pub league and score for fun but I enjoy it a lot more playing with much better players around me. I am now looking to press on with Guiseley and I am looking forward to playing in front of a crowd, that has been missing over the past two seasons.”
Day said that he currently feels the fittest he has ever felt as he prepares to test himself at his highest level yet. He said: “With my boxing training along with some running and my physical work as a groundworker I feel at peak fitness. I have had 22 fights as a heavyweight and have won 19 of them, 12 on knockouts. Boxing is my other passion and it is great for my fitness.”
The striker is involved with coaching boxing to children at Curtis Woodhouse’s gym in Driffield.
A strong player Day is expected to provide a real presence up front for The Lions.
Jake will be at Nethermoor next season and you can join him, 2021/22 season tickets are now on sale – just £8 per game for adults, 47p per match for children and half price entry to all our home friendlies! Order yours today here.