Huddersfield Town will play their earliest-ever pre-season friendly against a new-look Guiseley.

The Nethermoor clash takes place on Wednesday July 6 (7.45).

That’s three days earlier than the games against AFC Emley in 2010 and Gateshead the year after.

Guiseley will be preparing for a second season at National League level.

They staved off relegation back to the Northern division with a final-day 4-3 home win over Torquay United.

That win left them 20th and condemned neighbours FC Halifax Town to the drop.

Manager Mark Bower, his assistant Danny Boshell, physio Martin Stringfellow and goalkeeping coach Steve Dickinson have already started planning for the new campaign.

Huddersfield Town's Joe Lolley heads at goal Pre season friendly Guiseley AFC v Huddersfield Town 11/07/15 (Pic by John Rushworth)

They have signed Holmfirth-based winger Nicky Clee and ex-York City striker Michael Rankine from Altrincham.

Last season’s top scorer Adam Boyes, fellow striker Luke Porritt, winger Adam Smith, midfielder Will Hatfield, centre-back Rob Atkinson and goalkeeper Dan Atkinson have followed striker Oli Johnson and defender Danny Lowe in extending their spells with the Lions.

But a number of players, including ex-Town striker Liam Dickinson, have been released.

“We are now looking to push on and get more players signed up,” explained former Bradford City player Bower.

“Hopefully we can keep a few more of the players who did well for us last year and add to that with some good quality to push the club forward.

“Discussions have been going on with targets for a little while now and the fact they have seen us competing well in the league during the past season can only help.

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“That probably stands us in better stead than last season.

“Back then we were still digesting promotion and had not really got plans in place. We’ve got a couple of extra weeks this year to prepare and build on what we’ve done.

“Hopefully that experience we’ve had in the past season, and people seeing us in the league, gives the club more credibility.”

Guiseley were formed in 1909 and were founder members of the Northern Counties East League in 1982.

After moving up into the Northern Premier League in 1991, they won promotion to the National League in 2010.

It will be the fifth season in succession Town have visited Guiseley.