GUISELEY have announced the signing of striker Jake Day from Alfreton Town, and the burly new boy just so happens to be a heavyweight boxer too.

Day, who had not even thought about taking up football till he was 24, told Guiseley’s website: “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 on Saturdays I have always seemed to score a lot of goals.”

Day once struck 68 goals in 22 games in one season in the Driffield and District League and 50 in 24 in the East Riding County League.

Before his move to Alfreton, Day had successful spells in non-league with Scarborough Athletic, Bridlington Town and Tadcaster Albion.

On his other career in the ring, he mused: “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.”

In other news, the club have extended the contract of striker Bailey Thompson until the end of the 2021/22 season, with the poor new boy only getting to play once last season.

He told Guiseley’s website: “It will be great to get back in training as I have a lot of unfinished business after getting just one game in after my transfer from Tadcaster Albion last Christmas.

“I made my debut at Gateshead and then that was it.”

Guiseley are scheduled to face Everton's U23s on July 17 in a friendly, with Thompson having come through at the Merseyside club’s academy before moving away to pursue first-team football.

He said: “It will be great to catch up with some of the lads I played with at Everton, but I am really pleased to be playing here at Guiseley under Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot.

“They are great coaches and I think they will improve my game greatly.”

Before that game, Guiseley are set to visit local rivals Ilkley Town in a pre-season friendly on July 13.

Kick-off on the 3G pitch at Ilkley will be at 7:45pm with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions (65+ and U16s).