Academy Keeper Liam Hall Signs 18 Month Contract!

We are delighted to announce that Academy Keeper Liam Hall has penned an 18 Month Contract with the first team.

Liam, who has been on a non-contract since the 2021/22 season is now under contract until the end of the 2023/24 season.

This marks a major milestone for the academy, with Liam being the first to sign a deal since Academy Technical Director Tom McStravick came into the club.

On the deal, Tom had this to say I am delighted that Liam has been offered an 18-month professional contract with us at Bradford (Park Avenue). Not only does it show that our pathway is open to those who work hard enough and ultimately are good enough but it also shows a commitment from us as a club in the development of young players. Liam has demonstrated a commitment to his work each day and a constant determination to improve his game. This sends a message to current and potential new scholars that opportunities are available, if you want it and are good enough, at this club’.

Danny King, first team coach, who has worked with Liam since his arrival into the club and seen his development commented ‘Liam has improved greatly since coming to the club, working with an excellent goalkeeper in George Sykes-Kenworthy and with the experienced players in our team, Liam has matured into a very good player. This has seen him already have a taste of men’s football, in the County Cup last year against Campion, and making his debut against Southport in the last league game of the 2021/22 Season. This year saw Liam take a further step in playing for Ossett United, before another County Cup game vs Brighouse. I’m delighted for Liam, who with a continued hard working approach, has a bright future. Well done to Tom and the academy staff, and hopefully there are more to come!’

Everybody at the club wishes Liam well as he progresses in his career, well done Liam!

You can watch Liam’s first interview with the club on our YouTube Channel below.

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“Thrilled” Bower scores Simon Richman as midfielder.

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We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced midfielder Simon Richman!

Simon previously played at Altrincham FC and has a brilliant track record, winning awards at Port Vale, and signing on with Worcester City and then Altrincham in 2011 where he helped them win promotion out of the Conference North via playoffs in 2014 and winning the NPL title in 2017-18.

We spoke with gaffer Mark Bower about the appointment who had this to say:

“We are excited to get Simon in, with the injuries we have had in the centre of the park, we knew we had to act. Getting someone of Simon’s calibre in, with his experience and know how is a massive signing for us.

We are all thrilled to see what Simon can bring to the club. Stay updated on our twitter to see if he’ll be making his debut at the Gloucester City game today!