Grantham Town make striker their first signing ahead of the new season
Grantham Town FC have announced their first signing ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Liam Hardy has joined the Gingerbreads from Buxton.
The 32-year-old is a proven goalscorer at Town's level of football for a number of years, including in games against the Gingerbreads.
Before joining Buxton in 2014, Liam had spells at Armthorpe Welfare, Harrogate Town and Harrogate Railway.
In the 2014/15 campaign, he bagged 26 goals, before securing a move to Darlington in February 2016. A year later, Liam returned to the Silverlands and continued to be prolific in front of goal, winning the League's Golden Boot award in 2017/18.
He has continued to be a consistent goalscorer with just shy of 40 goals since winning the Golden Boot.
Understandably, Martin McIntosh was delighted to be reunited with his former player. He said: “He is a fantastic addition to the side and someone who I wanted to bring in. His goalscoring record speaks for itself and even though by his standards he didn’t score as many as he would like, he is proven at this level.
He’s still young, fit and healthy and possesses good pace and having worked with him before for four years, it was a no-brainer really.”
Chairman Darren Ashton said: ''Signings like this show our intent for next season and this is just the start of the rebuilding process that is underway between the management and the Board.''
"We are working hard behind the scenes, paying respect to the restrictions currently in place, and fans should expect some exciting signings in the next few weeks and months. We have agreed a competitive budget with Martin, demonstrating our commitment to delivering a good team on the pitch, and hopefully some success to the Club and supporters.''
''Hopefully the fans will see what we are trying to achieve and in return they will show us their support by filling the seats and terraces to give the team the encouragement they will need to make Grantham a place other teams dread to come.''
''The Board has been overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters via the gofundme page, and that has helped the Club through the recent uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We urge everyone connected with the Club to stay safe and follow the Government's guidelines, and when footballing activities are safe to resume, we will have a team in black and white to do them proud.''
Callum Boyle, part of the media team at the Meres, had a chat with Liam Hardy to discuss his arrival.
Liam you’re now a Grantham Town player, how happy are you to have joined the club?
“I’m delighted to be here at Grantham. I’ve known them from my time playing at Buxton and Darlington and it is a really new and exciting challenge that I am looking forward to getting started with.”
What was it that attracted you to come and play for the Gingerbreads?
“I’ve known the manager and his coaching staff for a while, having played under them at Buxton and have always kept in touch with them. As soon as he told me he wanted me to come and play for him at Grantham it was an easy decision. I had some of my best years under him and I can’t wait to start working with him again.”
You have worked under Martin McIntosh before when at Buxton. How excited are you to play for him again?
“Very much so! He knows how I play and how to get the best out of me. He is an exciting manager to work for and when he told me what he wanted to do here as well as the type of players he wanted to bring in, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”
Fans will know you as a proven goalscorer at this level, but what else can then expect from you in a Grantham shirt?
“They can expect goals and lots of hard work from me. Last season personally wasn’t one of my greatest in terms of the amount of goals I scored but that has made me even more determined for next season and I’m looking forward to scoring goals in a Grantham shirt.”
What do you think the aim should be for the club next season?
“We all want to finish as high as we can. We want to be challenging as far up the table that we can do and achieve great things here. Everyone has ambitions here to be near the top and we will try our hardest to make the upcoming season a successful one.”
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