Former Football League Defender Joins The Lions
Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed the signing of defender Hamza Bencherif who has recently left York City and is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at Bootham Crescent. The former Algerian U20 international joins a Guiseley squad with youngsters such as Scott Smith and Will Thornton, who have graduated from the club’s Academy to become regulars in the squad.
The former Nottingham Forest, Lincoln City, Macclesfield Town, Notts County and Plymouth Argyle player has plied his trade mainly as a centre back. Bencherif started his career in France with Guingamp before joining the youth system at Nottingham Forest in 2006. When his Football League career ended in 2014 he joined Algerian side JS Kabylie.
He returned to England to play in the Conference Premier with Lincoln City playing 41 games for them before joining FC Halifax Town, for whom he also played 41 games. He left West Yorkshire in 2016 to join Wrexham but returned on a loan deal with York City later making it a permanent deal which expired recently. In his time with The Minstermen he played 81 games, one being the 2017 FA Trophy final at Wembley in which York beat Macclesfield Town 3-2.
Speaking about signing for the Lions Hamza Bencherif said “Looking at the squad, I will be one of the older heads along with Scott Garner and it is up to us to help develop these youngsters on the pitch and I will be doing everything I can to assist with that. It is quite an exciting prospect.
I was twice relegated after Guiseley got the better of teams I was playing for so I know how good the supporter are at the club. My friends from my previous clubs like John Rooney, Michael Rankine and Connor Brown have told me what a great club this is so I am looking forward to getting started.
When I spoke to the managers Russ and Marcus, I bought in to what they were saying, it was exactly what I was looking for in a club and I believe in what they want to achieve. I can’t wait to get started, there are some great pre-season games lined up.
I have been following what has been going on at the club and they have signed some very good young players and it excites me that I can use my experience to help them and see them develop into better players. I think that I can be a strong character in the dressing room and help them.”