PAUL Cox won’t hesitate to bring in further new signings as his Guiseley side continues to be hit by injuries.

The Lions currently have ten players sidelined as they strive to stave off the threat of relegation from the Vanarama National League.

Midfieldman Will Hatfield became the latest casualty when he suffered a groin strain in last Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Solihull Moors.

Skipper Danny Lowe, Rob Atkinson, James Wesolowski, Alex Purver, Elliot Green, Danny East, Marcus Williams, Callum McFadzean and on-loan striker Raul Correia are the other crocks.

East will not play again this season after damaging his cruciate ligament.

Cox has brought in eight new players since taking charge last month and insists he needed to do so to improve both the size and the strength of his squad.

One of those recruits, on-loan left back Lewis Freestone, has been allowed to return to Peterborough, but more could soon be on the way.

“I have to do what is right for the club and I will do what it takes to get us out of the position we are in right now.

“People might think that the number of new players is high, but so is the number of injuries. Just look at who are sitting on the sidelines at the moment.

“Without the signings it is doubtful that we would have had enough men to fill the substitutes bench.

“Our four young professionals, Will Wells, George Gomersall, Scott Smith and Curtis Morrison are all out on loan getting valuable game time which is important to their development.”

Despite the lengthy injury list, Guiseley have shown an improvement under Cox and have lost just twice in ten league and cup games.

Going into Saturday’s tough away game at Woking they are the league’s draw experts with nine in 18 matches.

Converting draws into wins is going to be key as Guiseley look to extract themselves from the relegation zone.

Despite beating Solihull Moors 4-2 and drawing 0-0 with Boreham Wood in the past week, they remain in the bottom four.

“Two defeats in ten games doesn’t look bad, but we do need to turn draws into wins,” said Cox.

“We are a side in transition and have become hard to beat. There are are good signs but there is also a lot to work on.

“We’ve got to be more dynamic in the last third, but we do have to keep grinding away.

“There’s 28 games to go and we have got to get wins any way we can.

“Although we are in the bottom four the gap to the teams above us has narrowed.There is also a more positive air about the squad, but there are area of our play that we have to address.

“We are still erratic in possession of the ball. Some times the easiest pass is the best one.

“We get anxious in possession and don’t take the right option, but we can fix this now we have more time working together."