Bradford Park Avenue goalkeeper Jon Worsnop has committed to the club by signing a contract until the end of this season.

Worsnop originally rejoined Avenue on non-contract terms in October following his release by Chester, and after a string of fine performances the club is pleased to be able to tie the 33-year-old down until the end of this campaign.

The goalkeeper has played a big part in Bradford’s recent resurgence in the National League North, keeping the side’s first clean sheet of the season in the recent 1-0 victory over Alfreton Town.

Meanwhile, young stopper Ed Hall joins the club from Brighouse Town, where he has been second choice goalkeeper for the majority of the season.

Hall joined the club last week, in time to take his place amongst the substitutes at Stockport County in the FA Trophy last weekend.

He is familiar to boss Mark Bower, who he has previously worked with at Guiseley.

The 24-year-old trained with Bower’s Guiseley throughout last season, having been with them for pre-season, while he played for Nostell Miners Welfare and Silsden over the course of the campaign.

He also lined up for neighbours Thackley the season before last.

Hall replaces Dan Eccles in the squad, the teenager leaving the club in order to cut down on travelling.

Eccles made three league appearances since joining in the summer, as well as featuring in the club’s only FA Cup match this season.

His most notable moment in an Avenue shirt came in the home match against Harrogate Town, where he saved a penalty from former Bradford striker Chib Chilaka.

Avenue boss Mark Bower said: “Dan Eccles has left us and we thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.

“He travels a long long way to be a number two goalkeeper, and he was travelling with Jack Ryan but now it’s becoming difficult for him to commit to the travelling.

“So we’ve brought Ed in, a keeper that I’ve worked with before and that is available to train with us all week.

“He can work with Spider (Jon Worsnop) and hopefully put some pressure on him, he’s a good young keeper with a good attitude on him, and he will progress and learn from Jon.

“Spider has signed a contract with us too which is great news.

“I think he’s been a massive part of the improvement that we’ve shown recently, he just gives us solidity in that department.

“It’s good because now we’ve got two keepers working together and pushing each other.”


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