Guiseley AFC have retained the services of popular centre-back Rob Atkinson who missed a large part of last season due to injury.

Atkinson, 30, who was born in North Ferriby and was an England C international in 2011, has extensive Football League experience after starting out in the youth ranks at Barnsley.

He had loan spells at Scarborough, Halifax Town and Rochdale before a longer spell at Grimsby ended in a permanent move in 2009.

He then moved on to Fleetwood Town (where he was a team-mate of Jamie Vardy) and helped them to win promotion to the Football League.

Atkinson signed for Accrington Stanley before joining Guiseley in the summer of 2015 and he has gone on to make 67 appearances for the Lions.


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