NOT many non league clubs can say they have got a former Manchester United player amongst their ranks, Guiseley can now add their name to that short list.

The Lions have signed the experienced Andy Kellett for the 2020/21 National League North campaign.

The 26-year-old began his career at hometown club Bolton Wanderers, making his debut against Leicester City in the Championship back in 2014.

A loan spell at League Two side Plymouth Argyle followed, before a shock bid from United came, in February 2015.

Speaking about how he joined Wanderers and his experiences on-loan at Old Trafford, he said: " "I was playing for my dad’s Saturday league team and we got to a final, which was played at the Reebok. Bolton scouts were watching my best mate and his dad told them they should be watching me. Luckily they signed us both on.

"I went from a loan at Plymouth Argyle in League Two,where you trained in public parks and had no meals provided, to training every day with Manchester United in the very best of facilities with the very best food provided. I loved it there."

Despite never making his first team bow, Kellett starred on 10 occasions for the club's under-21s in the five-month period.

Newly relegated League One team Wigan Athletic was the versatile midfield's next move, signing a three-year deal, but it never really worked out. At Chesterfield was where he found his feet, playing 36 games whilst on-loan in the 2017-18 season.

Upon release from Wigan, Notts County came calling with a two-year contract. After only making 11 appearances, relegation hit County and Kellett left.

A couple of non league stints at AFC Fylde and Alfreton Town didn't take off, but now Nottingham-based Kellett, who can play either in the centre of the park at left-back or as a number 10, is excited about the prospect of pulling on a Guiseley shirt.

He added: “I met up with Russ O’Neill and got a really good vibe from him about the way he wanted me to play and the system they are going to play.

"It is important for me to play and have the ambition to get back into the football league. I needed to find the right club for me and I am looking forward to doing well both personally and as a club.

"I wanted to sign for Guiseley because they have a lot of hungry young players also wanting to do well. With everyone pulling in one direction, I don’t see any reason why we cannot be successful.”