Bradford Park Avenue defender Ryan Toulson has joined the club’s coaching staff for the 2017-18 campaign.

The full-back, who signed for Avenue last summer, captained the club throughout last campaign, but will take on a more focused coaching role this term.

Avenue boss Mark Bower had worked with the 31-year-old right-back during his time at Guiseley, and was happy to add his services in the dugout.

“I feel Tully has the right personality to compliment myself and Danny as a management team,” Bower said.

“As someone who I have worked with before, I know he will be a real asset to us.”

Prior to joining Bradford, Toulson had spent the last two seasons under Bower at Guiseley, making 34 appearances as they gained promotion to the National League before playing 38 times as the Lions defeated the odds to stay up last term.

Prior to his second career stint at Guiseley, the attack-minded full-back also helped Halifax to promotion from the then-Conference North.

He in fact started his career at the Shay, before spells at Harrogate Town and Gainsborough Trinity. He joined Guiseley for the first time in 2010 before returning to Halifax after one season.

Toulson made 89 appearances in three seasons with Halifax before moving back to Nethermoor.

He was made captain upon his arrival at Avenue, and went on to make 43 appearances in all competitions last term.

Toulson will also be registered as a player, but is expected to feature a lot less as he undertakes his new role.


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