Five Depart Avenue

Matty Clarke, Jake Croft, Zayn Hakeem and Sam Wright have all departed Bradford (Park Avenue) by mutual consent.

Interim manager Marcus Law is continuing to shape his Avenue squad, and following the arrival of a number of new signings, the four players have been allowed to find new clubs.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lewis Rathbone has joined Pickering Town on a month’s loan.

The former Nebraska Bugeaters midfielder has struggled for opportunities in Avenue’s young squad, and has been allowed to enjoy some much-needed game time at Pickering.

Fellow midfielders Clarke and Wright have hardly been involved since Law took charge, both sitting as unused substitutes in the 1-1 draw at Gateshead in their last involvement at the club.

Both players started the 5-0 defeat at home to Guiseley – Garry Thompson’s final match in charge – and have since been unable to force their way into an increasingly strong side.

Full-back Croft also last appeared in the defeat to Guiseley, but has seen the arrival of Riccardo Calder and the return of Jaheim Headley limit his opportunities.

Forward Hakeem, who started in Law’s first three matches in charge, has suffered a similar fate, as the interim manager has strengthened in his position with the likes of Myron Gibbons and Joseph Chidyausiku.

Avenue would like to thank all four players for their efforts in red, amber and black, and wish them all the best for the future.

Words: Joe Cockburn
Image: John Rhodes

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