Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy has told new signing Curtis Round that he believes he is ready for the challenge of stepping up to the Evo-Stik NPL.
Round’s transfer from Guisborough Town was confirmed by the Seasiders via their social media on Thursday evening, along with deals for Steven Snaith and Dan McWilliams.
All three players have signed for the club on two-year contracts, something that has become a trend under Chris Hardy as he looks to shape the squad ahead of the upcoming Evo-Stik Northern Premier League campaign.
Round – one of Whitby’s five summer signings so far – joins the club as a highly-rated product of the Guisborough Town development squad and is looking forward to getting back into playing, albeit at a higher level.
“I really enjoyed my first training session with the club,” he told whitby-town.com. “I’ve missed playing since I stopped. I’m eager to get started again.
“I noticed an increase in tempo straight away. When I spoke to Chris [Hardy] on the day he first rang me, he said from what I’ve seen he thinks I’ll be able to manage the step up so it’s a fantastic chance to step up and prove that.
“Stepping up in the game is tough but again it comes down to Chris. He’s my best chance of doing it. I’m still fairly young and I think that it’s important that I do it with a manager who knows me.
“He knows how I play and he thinks I can fit in well. In the end it was a move that I was confident with.”
The attacking midfielder, who operates using his pace on the left hand side, was known at Guisborough Town for his link-up play with full-back Dan McWilliams, something which he hopes to continue and impress with when the pair pull on Whitby Town shirts.
“Dan likes to be on the ball and he’s comfortable with it.” Round added. “He plays behind me so we have a good understanding and relationship; we play really well together.
“He’s got a good work rate; he’s up and down the pitch all game and always overlapping. We like to try and play the game with a lot of movement down the left-hand side.”
The first chance to see Curtis Round in action for the Blues, alongside the rest of Town’s signings, will come on Saturday, July 16th, when South Shields visit the Turnbull Ground for the first pre-season game of the 2016/17 campaign. Admission for the game will be £6 adults, £3 concessions and £1 under-18s. Under-16s are still admitted free with a paying adult.