Hardy eyes up promotion

Buxton v Grantham. No 10 Liam Hardy.
Buxton v Grantham. No 10 Liam Hardy.

Buxton striker Liam Hardy is hoping his new side can be challenging for promotion next season.

Hardy, aged 23, penned terms at the Silverlands earlier in the summer after enjoying a successful loan spell at the end of last season when he hit seven goals in nine games.

Ahead of the Bucks’ home friendly with Chesterfield on Saturday, Hardy says that the squad are keen to be at the top end of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a forgettable campaign last time around.

He said: “Last year we did well during my time there and I think we can definitely be up there next season and challenging for promotion.

“If we can get our tempo up and up our game, then I don’t see why we won’t be.

“It’ll be a very hard league with some tough teams in it next year.”

Hardy believes that the early additions made by manager Martin McIntosh will improve the squad.

So far this pre-season the likes of Jamie Green, Ash Palmer and Craig King have recommitted to the Bucks’ cause and will join newcomers including Hardy and fellow striker Shaun Tuton.

Hardy added: “The manager has made some good signings and keeping the likes of Craig and Ash means there’s a good core to the team.

“If we can just add one or two more it (the squad) will be spot on. Hopefully we’ll be up there next season.”

Saturday’s game against last season’s League Two champions is expected to draw a healthy crowd.

McIntosh is planning on giving a run-out to a number of players with a view to them joining the club for next season.

Conference Premier side Altrincham arrive at the Silverlands on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Bucks have released images of next season’s kits.

The home strip will have a yellow trim added to the traditional blue shirt, whilst the away kit will be red and black.