Bradford Park Avenue defender Billy Priestley has joined Salford City for an undisclosed fee.

An unexpected offer came in for the 26-year-old which was initially rejected, but an improved bid came in, and the club granted the player permission to speak to Salford.BradfordPA

The Club then did not wish to stand in his way when it became clear that he felt the move would be in his best interests.

Priestley has made 28 appearances for Avenue this season, scoring one goal since a period on loan at Ashton United early in the campaign.

He only missed six games since returning from loan, one of those through suspension.

The centre-back, who also featured at left-back in green and white, made 61 appearances in just under two years at the club, scoring three goals.

Priestley said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club, I’ve loved absolutely everything about it.

“They’re a decent bunch of lads there and I’ve really enjoyed playing with them.

“It is just the right time for a change for me at the moment.

“It was a lot of travelling getting to games, not just at home but to go to away games too, Salford is a lot closer to home for me, so it is a good move.”

Throughout his time at Avenue the left-footer endeared himself to the Bradford faithful with whole-hearted displays and regularly going out of his way to give time to supporters.

“I’ll miss the fans of course,” he said.

“Throughout my time at Bradford they were different class, the support they gave us on and off the pitch was really good and I will miss that.”


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