GUISELEY are poised to sign a new goalkeeper before Saturday’s tough National League away game at Dover.

A number of candidates from Premier League clubs have been having trials with the Lions.

One of them will be signed on loan to cover for the departure of Jonny Maxted who was sold to League Two side Accrington Stanley last week.

Lions boss Paul Cox, who has been busy on the signings front in the past week, bringing in Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger and young Burnley player Harry Flowers to bolster his defence, has made securing another keeper his priority.

Joe Green and Academy graduate Fletch Paley are currently the only keepers on the books.

Cox said: “We will definitely have one in for Saturday. We have been looking at several candidates and want to get the right one.”

Young Paley has caught Cox’s eye since he started training with the senior squad.

“He’s a talented youngster, but this is a crucial time. I want to make young players, not break them, and this isn’t the time for throwing him in.”

Maxted’s move has at least put money in the Lions coffers.

“It was good business for the club as Jonny was nearing the end of his contract,” said Cox.

“He is a super keeper and wanted another chance to prove himself in the Football League.

“I wish him well because during the time I have known him he has been a pleasure to work with. He has always trained hard and worked to improve his game.”

Another player to depart Nethermoor in the past week has been right back Connor Brown.

He has joined York City on loan until the end of they season where he has been re-united with former Guiseley assistant manager David Penney.

Cox said: “We sat down with Connor and tried to offer him a full-time deal, but he has a good job away from football and we understand that.

“He has always done well for us, but wanted to explore different opportunities and that is why he has joined York.”

The arrival of experienced defender St Ledger is a clear indication of where Cox sees his side needs organisation and leadership.

“He will be a good influence in and around the squad,” said Cox.

“He has played at the top level for his country and brings the experience and qualities we need.”