Bradford (Park Avenue) sign Lewis Rathbone for 2019/2020 season
Bradford (Park Avenue) have today signed midfielder Lewis Rathbone for the 2019/2020 season.
Rathbone, who has followed a similar pathway to Horsfall via the American university system as Lewis Knight and others, arrived late in the 2018/2019 season campaign and eventually was granted international clearance.
A professional attitude to the process of gaining international clearance , and a committed pre-season have earned Rathbone his chance to establish himself under Garry Thompson at Horsfall.
Rathbone hails from Manchester and was a member of the Manchester City Academy as a youngster, and was named a Scholar All American in 2017.
In 2018 supporters of The Nebraska Bugeaters who compete in the Great Plains Premier League in the USASA , voted Rathbone the clubs most valuable player.
Garry Thompson welcomed Lewis Rathbone to Horsfall saying :
“ Lewis is a fantastic lad who has demonstrated the positive culture and approach to everything we are building here. He came to the club at Christmas for a trial and then had to wait for his international clearance late last season which limited his opportunities to show his wares. Lewis has shown great commitment to the pre-season and now he has the chance to take this opportunity with both hands”
Rathbone joins Bradford (Park Avenue) pending final FA approval.