A RISING Burnley football star is hoping to make the leap up to the Blue Square Bet Conference Premier after signing for Guiseley.
Rapid winger Zack Dale has made six appearances for the Conference North side since joining the ranks at Nethermoor Park at the start of the season.
The Lions, who suffered defeat to Nuneaton Town in extra-time of last term’s play-off semi-final, currently lie third in the table, just three points behind leaders Brackley with a game in hand.
The 17-year-old former Unity College pupil, who has played for Fulledge Colts, Pendle Forest, Crown Paints and Padiham FC Under 18s and Reserves, was scouted for Steve Kittrick’s side after scoring a hat-trick and picking up the man of the match accolade during the S7 Soccer Academy Orphanage Cup Final at Ewood Park last season.
“It’s been a really big jump and I never expected it to happen,” said Zack.
“It came out of the blue really.
It’s going really well and I’ve been playing regularly for the first team and the academy side.
“I’m definitely enjoying my football at the moment.
“I’ve been doing well, getting involved in games, so we’ll see how it goes. I want to go as far as I can in the game but I’m focussing on Guiseley now.
“We’re doing well at the moment and we expect to be in a similar position to last season.
“We might even go full-time if we get promoted to the Conference which would be a huge step for us.”
Guiseley host Whitby Town in the FA Trophy third qualifying round tomorrow, before travelling to Holker Street for an FA Cup first round replay against Barrow on Tuesday evening, with a tie against Macclesfield the reward for the victors.
“We’ve got to beat Barrow first,” insisted Zack.
“But it would be a big deal for the club to progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
“It would be a big game against Macclesfield.
“The only superstition I have is eating a bag of skittles before a game.
“I’m not sure where that stemmed from but I’ll be sure to do it before that fixture.”