Bradford Park Avenue have made their second new signing of the summer as prolific striker Adam Boyes joins from National League neighbours Guiseley AFC.

The forward, who has also featured for York City and Barrow AFC, has scored 101 goals in 335 career appearances at National League and National League North level.

Twenty-six-year-old Boyes links up once more with Mark Bower, who managed him as the striker grabbed 39 goals in sixty-five games for Guiseley in the eighteen months prior to their promotion to the National League.

Bower’s Bradford struggled for goals last term with midfielder Nicky Wroe the club’s top scorer with 6, and the Avenue manager hopes Boyes will help turn that around.

“Boyesy is a player that we have worked with before and we know the qualities he will bring to the side,” Bower said. “Not only will he score goals at this level, his all-round game and work rate will make him a firm favourite with our supporters.

“When we were planning for the coming season and given our shortage of goals last season, Adam was a priority target.

“So, once we were aware he would not be staying at Guiseley, we worked hard to secure his services.

“He had plenty of other options and some were more financially attractive, but he was impressed with the squad we are putting together and the ambition we have to take the club forward.”

The striker started his career at home-town club York City before being signed by then-Championship side Scunthorpe United for a six-figure fee in 2009, aged just 18.

Spells on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and back at York followed before Boyes left Glanford Park without making a league appearance, joining Boston United in early 2011.

After 6 goals in eighteen appearances, Boyes earned himself a move to Conference side Barrow in the summer.

In two years with the Bluebirds he netted 40 goals in 100 appearances, including 29 goals in non-League’s top flight before a switch to Gateshead.

After a short spell in the North-East, Boyes joined Guiseley on loan where he earned a permanent deal with 15 goals in twenty-four appearances.

The forward, known for his excellent hold-up play, then fired in 24 league goals as Bower’s side won promotion to the National League in 2015.
Boyes has made seventy-seven appearances in the last two years for Guiseley in the higher division, but started just a dozen games last term.

The striker has signed a two-year contract with Bradford, and becomes the club’s second new signing of the summer following on from former Guiseley team-mate Nicky Clee.


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