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Gloucester City aiming to enjoy themselves in final game of the season at Guiseley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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SMILES will adorn the faces of the fancy dress-clad Gloucester City fans as they make their way to Guiseley tomorrow, and boss Tim Harris wants his players to follow that lead.

Free from the worries of relegation, the Tigers head to Yorkshire for their final game of the Skrill North season in mood for a celebration.

And after guiding the club to safety with a run of 22 points from 13 games – during which time the free-scoring Tigers have hit the net on 23 occasions, Harris is a happy man.

“We’ve achieved what we set out to achieve when I came back to the club and we can go and enjoy ourselves up at Guiseley,” he said.

“Overall I have been absolutely delighted with the way that the boys have responded since I came back to the club.

“The main thing is that I want the players to go out, play with a smile on their face and enjoy their football.

“Some of the performances have been top class and it does give me great optimism for the future that we can build on this.

Harris refused to be drawn on whether decisions had been made over the futures of any of the plethora of out-of-contract or non-contract players in the Tigers squad.

He has already tied down prize asset Jack Harris to a new two-year contract and remains “relaxed” about what lies ahead during a busy summer.

“When you have been in the game for as long as I have, you never stop looking ahead and planning,” Harris said.

“Whether that’s at the end of one season, the start of another or in the middle of the season, you are always looking to improve things.

“The majority of the players that I have will be invited back for pre-season training next year and there is going to be another mass exodous from the Football League and Conference.

“Who knows what might appear between now and the start of the next season. We are quite relaxed about what we are doing.

“I have had one or two interesting phone calls already but we’ll just take things in our stride and wait to see what happens.”

Joe Hanks is set to return to the squad for the trip north after sitting out the past five games with the foot injury he picked up against Oxford City three weeks agio.

But Charlie Griffin is set to miss the game after failing to recover from a thigh strain.

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