Avenue sign future star from Football League club, Bradford City

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In an major statement of intent and backing of the club in the transfer market, by our owner Gareth Roberts, we have signed the much vaunted talent of Reece Staunton from our city neighbours for an undisclosed fee.

We are pleased to announce the successful, permanent, signing of Reece Staunton to the club on an initial one year deal with an option for a second year.

Staunton is no stranger to the Horsfall Staunton has enjoyed two previous loan spells with The Avenue over the last few years as he continued the development of his clear ability at City’s academy and within their first team squad.

Bursting onto the scene at the age of 15 years 332 days, Reece, made his debut for Bradford City, becoming the club’s youngest ever player at the time. He has since accumulated a total of 20 appearances for the first team scoring 1 league goal. He has also been capped 4 times by the Republic of Ireland U18’s.

Still only 20 years of age with a very bright future ahead of him, we wish a warm Avenue welcome to Reece, and a big thank you to the development fund for assisting in making this major investment possible.

Mark Bower –

I’m delighted that we have been able to bring in a player of Reece’s calibre on a permanent basis.

I have been really impressed with Reece’s desire to come and play regular men’s football. With the best part of two years left on his deal at City, he could easily have sat there, in his comfort zone. I think it is a great sign that he has made some big sacrifices and backed himself to come to us, to ultimately further his career.

It is our job now to push and help him take the next step in realising the potential he has and continuing to develop his undoubted football talent.’

Reece Staunton –

I’m happy to have signed for Bradford (Park Avenue), I felt as though it has come to a stage in my career where I need to be playing games consistently and start enjoying my football again.

When I came here on loan last time I really enjoyed myself and knowing the manager and assistant, well, it made my decision easier as they let me have the freedom to show what I can do.

I am hoping to help the lads finish higher in the table this season and try to push on into the play off positions’