Phillips Gets His Man With Bakkor Arrival

We are delighted to announce the signing of Scott Bakkor ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Radcliffe at Nethermoor.

Guiseley AFC have moved quickly to boost their injury hit squad by signing Atherton Collieries striker Scott Bakkor, who has a highly respected goal-scoring record in non-league football, writes Rachel O’Connor.

Signed on a free transfer Bakkor has committed to The Lions for the remainder of this season and the whole of the next.

The Warrington-born player, 28, joined Atherton in May 2022 from Warrington Rylands and has scored nine goals so far this season.

At Rylands he scored four times in six appearances as the club progressed towards the NPL Division One West title.

Prior to joining Rylands Bakkor most notably enjoyed prolific spells with Stalybridge, notching 19 goals and 17 assists from 117 appearances, and Witton Albion, where he scored five over the brief Covid hit 2020-21 season.

His former manager Brad Cooke thinks highly of the player. He said: “When I signed Scott for Atherton I was delighted. I judge a player on the threat they cause when we’ve played against them, and in Scott’s case at both Witton and Stalybridge we have always highlighted him as the biggest threat.

“I’ve been a long term admirer due to his pace and willingness to work at the top of the pitch, along with his goal-scoring record. Twelve months ago he was probably the most sought after striker in our division, so for us to get his signing over the line was a huge coup.”

The Warrington Town youth graduate has also represented Skelmersdale, scoring 9 from 13 in 2017/18; Colwyn Bay, scoring 11 goals in 2016/17; and Clitheroe, scoring 25 goals in 64 games over two stints, alongside a brief spell at Curzon Ashton.

Of his move to Guiseley, where he joins his former Stalybridge teammate Mark Lees, Bakkor said:”I am joining them at a crucial time as they aim for the play-offs. I am convinced that they are going in the right direction.

“I have known manager Paul Phillips for a while and we have spoken often over the years but a move to join him has never really come off in the past.

“His teams have always played good football and been up for the fight, just as I like it. I am looking forward to Saturday’s game against Radcliffe Borough and all three points would see us bridge the gap in the table.

He added: “Paul’s teams are always aggressive, in your face, fast paced and that is why he is successful. I enjoy the bigger games so bring it on, I can’t wait to face Radcliffe.”

Scott’s home, away and training kits are all available to sponsor.

In further movement at the club striker Alfie Moulden has returned to Devon after a brief spell with the club and fellow forward Osabi Abadaki has signed a dual registration deal with AVRO.

We can also confirm that Kareem Hassan-Smith has returned to parent club Barnsley following the end of his loan deal, the defender has been out injured since making his debut and we wish him the best of luck for his future career.

Image courtesy of David Featherstone

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