Bradford Park Avenue have signed talented defender Luca Havern from league rivals AFC Telford United.  

The 28-year-old arrives at the Horsfall Stadium with a wealth of experience in the top two tiers of non-League football, after four years with Altrincham prior to last season.

Telford’s reigning player of the year made 174 appearances at Moss Lane, with two years spent in the then-Conference North before promotion to the National League in 2014.

Havern’s Altrincham gained promotion with a play-off final victory over Mark Bower’s Guiseley AFC, and the Avenue manager was thrilled to complete the signing of the central defender.

“Luca is a player that I’ve admired for a few years now and he has an impressive CV in non-League football,” Bower said. “He has achieved two promotions in the last five years from our division and has National League experience.

“Last year he was captain and player of the year at Telford, so when we found out he was looking for a move to be closer to home we felt he would be a great addition for us, so we moved quickly to secure his services for next season.”

Havern started his career at Stockport County, scoring on his League One debut before being released amid the financial trouble at Edgeley Park.

He had spent time on loan at Radcliffe Borough and Ashton United while with County, but Havern joined Conference side Mansfield Town upon his release.

However, in the summer he returned to Stockport, making eight appearances before leaving the following August.

A spell at Mossley AFC was followed by a return to Ashton before Havern made a move to the Conference North with Hyde United.

Havern scored 3 goals in 32 appearances as Hyde won the Conference North, but the defender chose to move to Altrincham that summer.

Two years in the Conference North at Moss Lane culminated in a thrilling play-off final victory, in which Bower’s Guiseley were defeated by a 119th minute Greg Wilkinson strike.

The centre-back spent the next two years in the National League with Altrincham, but left the club as they were relegated in 2016.

During his time at Altrincham, Havern in fact found the net at the Horsfall Stadium, scoring the Robins’ first goal in a 2-2 draw in April 2013.

He then joined Telford, where he was made captain and won the player of the year award after making 40 appearances at the New Bucks Head.

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