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Guilfoyle aims for starting spot

By Dan Simmonite | 13th September 2020

Rob Guilfoyle signed on for City earlier in the month after a successful trial and since then has featured in each of Steve Watson’s pre-season squads. 

The 18-year-old has played just under three halves against Newcastle United U23s, South Shields, and Whitby Town – scoring two goals in the process.

But the forward is targeting even more goals this month to stake a claim for the number nine role.

On his aims for the new season, Guilfoyle said: “Maybe get a few more goals in pre-season and as many minutes as possible, get myself into the squad and train well, push the gaffer to give me a start and a chance to prove myself in front of the fans.” 

Guilfoyle began his academy days in the York City youth system before impressing Hull City and joining the Tigers on a two-year scholarship, notching 50 goals for their U18 and U23 sides over two seasons. 

He was released by the now League One outfit this summer and returned to City on trial before signing professional terms. 

Speaking on his goalscoring start against Newcastle, he said: “I was just delighted. I thought I played well - I thought the first one was lucky but then I took the second well. 

“I just wanted to try and prove myself after not playing men’s football then going straight in to train with the first team for three days. I wanted to try and get myself in the squad and a few starts, hopefully soon.” 

City have just over three weeks to go as the management play around with tactics and try to get the most minutes out of all their squad members, ready for the league season which starts on October 6th. 

Guilfoyle added: “It’s a good runaround. It’s better than training, a high-intensity game. It doesn’t really matter about the result and just bring it on to Saturday, hopefully get another goal.” 

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