Paul Cox is banking on headline recruit Sean St Ledger to provide a much-needed calming influence in Guiseley’s National League survival fight.

The former Republic of Ireland centre-back, who possesses a wealth of Football League experience with the likes of Preston North End, Leicester City and Peterborough United, recently linked up with the Lions after a spell with relegation rivals Solihull Moors.

Cox, who has also brought in loan defender Harry Flowers from Burnley – who could also make his debut at Dover tomorrow – feels that St Ledger, 33, will add some defined leadership and experience into a back four which has conceded several costly late goals this term.

On St Ledger, who suffered an injury scare with his shoulder last weekend, although thankfully the problem has now cleared up, Cox said: “We got to hear about him and invited him in for a couple of days training. The reason behind Sean is that, especially after the period after the FA Cup when the results were a bit erratic, we felt that we needed, not just more leaders on the pitch, but a know-how.

“We wanted somebody to help the younger players in terms of their decision-making, especially at certain periods of the game. We have also conceded a lot of late goals of late; goals that have not been crafted or well-created.”

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