Torquay United winger Ben Whitfield has paid tribute to Guiseley for their role in his career.

in a piece on Guiseley’s club website with Simon Bullock, the 24-year-old, who went on to join Bournemouth in the Championship in 2014, said:

“I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Guiseley. Dave Currie taking that chance on me has got me to where I am now.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have signed for Bournemouth, so because he took that chance on me without ever seeing me play, just going off of word of mouth, was a big thing for him I think, because he had to pay for part of the college thing and to take on another player, but hopefully when he did that, he knew he had made the right decision. I’d like to think that me moving on to Bournemouth was an inspiration to other lads joining the academy, especially now other players have done similar, like Jacob Brown who signed for Barnsley.

“Like I say, Guiseley played a major part in my development and I’m thankful for what they did for me.”

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