Bradford Park Avenue have moved to sign midfielder Jake Hibbs on loan from neighbours FC Halifax Town.

The 21-year-old made 31 appearances for Halifax in the National League last season, and moves to the Horsfall Stadium for an initial one-month period.

He will not, however, be permitted to play against his parent club when they visit Avenue on March 11.

“We’re really pleased to get a player of Jake’s calibre to the club,” Avenue manager Mark Bower said.BradfordPA

“He’s made over 30 appearances at National League level and can play in a variety of positions.

“He’s had a bit of a stop start season this year, but we feel he suits the way we like to play and should be a valuable addition to the squad in the coming weeks.”

Hibbs initially joined Halifax four years ago, when he won a trial competition to earn a contract as a 17-year-old.

His first taste of first team action came in a loan spell at Hyde United however, when he started five games in a month-long spell in 2015. He featured for Hyde against Avenue when goals from Richard Marshall, Chib Chilaka and Simon Ainge earned Bradford three points at Ewen Fields.

The former Manchester City youngster then found himself part of the first team picture at Halifax, making eight starts and four substitute appearances at the start of last season, before joining AFC Telford United on a month’s loan spell.

Once again, Hibbs played five full games in the spell before returning to The Shay, making 19 further appearances in non-league’s top flight.

He made a total of 38 appearances for Halifax last term, including 90 minutes in Town’s victory in the FA Trophy final at Wembley, playing alongside current Avenue midfielder Nicky Wroe.

Hibbs has featured 18 times under Billy Heath this season, but only started six games as Halifax attempt to push for the play-offs in the National League North.

Coming on as a second-half substitute against Avenue in Bower’s first game in charge, Hibbs joins Avenue until after the Altrincham match on March 25.


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