Liam seizes chance of longer Buxton stay

Liam Hardy was happy to return to the Silverlands.
Liam Hardy was happy to return to the Silverlands.
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Liam Hardy has revealed he turned down a number of higher-league clubs in favour of a return to Buxton.

The 23-year-old striker committed to Martin McIntosh’s side for next season after rejecting the advances of other clubs, including some in the Conference North.

Hardy enjoyed a profitable loan spell at the tail-end of last season, scoring seven goals in nine outings for the Bucks.

He returned to parent club Harrogate Town after they exercised a recall clause in the arrangement, but he was then released by the Yorkshire club at the end of the campaign.

After mulling over his options, he says McIntosh’s desire to re-sign him was the key factor to a Silverlands return.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Hardy said: “I had a couple of offers and I spoke to Martin and he even told me when I was on loan here that he wanted me for next season.

“After speaking to him recently it was clear that he really wanted me, so that was a good factor.

“I enjoyed it when I was there last season so I thought why not (return)?

“I had a few (offers) in the same league as Harrogate and a few in the same league as Buxton, so it was quite a big decision.

“I really enjoyed my time there and I’m hoping to build on that next season and get some more goals.”

Hardy says another key reason for agreeing to the switch was the fact that there are a number of players making the same commute on matchdays.

Hardy lives and resides in Doncaster, and says it helps that he can car-share with other members of the squad.

He said: “There’s quite a few other lads from Doncaster and nearby such as Tim Ryan and Josh Davies and it helps that we train there as well, so that’s a good thing.”

As for the Evo-Stik Premier Division in general, Hardy believes it will be another tough nut to crack in 2014-15.

He added: “FC United again will be pushing for promotion, along with other sides up there.

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

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