Buxton FC striker Liam Hardy wants other key players to follow his lead and commit to the club

Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 10 Liam Hardy scores buxtons first goal.
Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 10 Liam Hardy scores buxtons first goal.

Liam Hardy hopes his team mates follow his lead after the prolific striker became the first player to commit to Buxton for next season.

Hardy penned a contract that will see his Silverlands stay extended for the 2015-16 campaign.

Last season the striker scored 26 goals in all competitions, all but two of which came in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Now, after ensuring his immediate future is with the Bucks, Hardy wants his peers to follow his lead.

He told the Advertiser: “If we can keep the core of last season’s players then I think we will do well next year.

“We’ve got a good, happy dressing room here and everyone gets on well which really helps.

“We need to build on this squad because there’s some good players here like Ash Palmer and Greg Young.

“They’ve been rocks at the back so we need to make sure we’re building from a solid base.

“I enjoyed my time here last year and I’m playing week in, week out so I was glad to get the contract sorted early.

“I had a few calls from other clubs but this is a club that I’m enjoying being at and I’m happy here.”

Last term Buxton got off to an exceptional start and were top of the league in the early throes of the season.

However, they soon experienced a poor run of form before finishing ten points adrift of the divisional play-off spots.

Hardy believes that too many draws cost the side dear.

He said: “We definitely drew too many matches last season.

“I think it was 17 (draws) in total, which is just far too many.

“There were other factors as well such as throwing away leads, but as I say 17 draws from 46 matches is too much.”

In terms of next season Hardy is acutely aware that the division continues to go from strength-to-strength, especially with the addition of sides such as Salford and Darlington 1883.

“There’s some big teams in this league now and with the likes of Darlington coming up you’d expect them to bring in big crowds.

“There’ll be a lot of tough games but we’re capable of pushing for promotion.”