Bradford Park Avenue are set to sign former loanee Oli Johnson on a permanent transfer from Guiseley, subject to the completion of all relevant paperwork.

The striker had a month-long loan spell at the Horsfall Stadium earlier this season, making four appearances and helping the club to three of their six wins all campaign.BradfordPA




However since returning to Nethermoor, Johnson has made just one substitute appearance as Adam Lockwood’s side look to climb out of the National League relegation zone.

Johnson is well known to Avenue boss Mark Bower, as he was part of Bower’s Guiseley side that gained promotion from the National League North.

He made 34 appearances, scoring eight goals as the Nethermoor side were promoted to non-league’s top flight in 2015.

While coming through as a striker, the 28-year-old has often featured in a “number 10” role for the Lions in behind a main front man.

Born in Wakefield, the 6? tall attacker started his career with Nostell Miners Welfare in the North Counties East League before attracting the attentions of Stockport County in 2008.

Johnson spent just over 12 months at Edgeley Park, netting seven goals in 38 League One appearances before joining Norwich City in January 2010 for an undisclosed fee, singing a two-and-a-half year deal.

Starts were limited at Norwich however, and despite netting four times in four starts and 13 short substitute appearances as City earned promotion to the Championship, Johnson found himself slipping down the pecking order.

He left Carrow Road initially on loan, with two spells at Yeovil Town across two seasons, before joining Oxford United permanently in January 2012. His spell at Norwich in fact saw him score once every 140 minutes.

His time at Oxford was short-lived, and then injuries hampered a season at York City before Johnson joined Guiseley in 2013, soon to be managed by Mark Bower.

In four years at Nethermoor, and across two divisions, Johnson has netted 14 goals in 44 starts.

Meanwhile, young attacker Jack Dyche has been recalled from his loan spell at Avenue by parent club Scunthorpe United.

Jack made six substitute appearances in the league while starting the club’s West Riding County Cup quarter final at Harrogate Town, failing to score in any of his seven appearances before his season-long loan was cut short.

Source: tc1.bpafc.com


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