Bradford Park Avenue confirm that popular defender and Academy coach Matt Hill has left the club.

The veteran left-back has moved on after a two-year spell with the club, during which he had a stint as Assistant Manager and worked closely with the Academy. He becomes the fourth player to leave since the end of the season after the departures of Javan Vidal, Adam Smith and Lee Knight were confirmed on Tuesday.

Hill joined Avenue from Tranmere Rovers in July 2016 and quickly established himself as an integral member of the playing squad after leaving his post in the dugout. He made 32 appearances in all competitions last season and was an influential figure throughout despite missing out on the play-offs through injury.

Manager Mark Bower paid tribute to the efforts and influence of the former Sheffield United defender after his departure was finalised:

“He’s been magnificent for us since he arrived. His professionalism, both on and off the pitch, has been a great example to the other players in the squad and he has performed consistently well over the past two seasons. He’s made a significant contribution to our improvement and his work in the Academy has also been a great help to our younger players.”

Source: http://bpafc.com/

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