Bradford (Park Avenue) left-back Martin Drury has become the latest player to commit to the club for the 2014/15 season.
Drury, 28 signed from Gainsborough Trinity in 2009 and is currently the longest-serving player of the current squad. The left-back has made 173 appearances and scored 3 goals during his time in West Yorkshire and, despite suffering injuries in recent years, the defender has fought back after operations and physiotherapy to keep the number three shirt. Last season, Drury was vice-captain and wore the armband in the absence of midfielder Nathan Hotte, who recently confirmed that he will be staying at Bradford (Park Avenue) for next season.
Drury admits that the manager and the team spirit have been key factors in his decision to stay:
“I had a few weeks off and it’s given me time to reflect on a tough season at Bradford (Park Avenue). I met up with John Deacey and we had a really good chat about last season and things that will be happening next season at Bradford (Park Avenue). I loved everything he said about the plans and the vision for the future at the club. I share his and Mark Hume’s hunger for success and I’m excited to get going again. I think next season promises to be entertaining and very competitive, but it’s a challenge I cannot wait to face. With the bulk of the squad of the squad agreeing to stay and I think with a couple more additions, we’ll hopefully have that strength in depth that we’ve maybe missed in the last two seasons. It’s a fantastic group of lads we’ve got at Bradford (Park Avenue) who are all good friends off the pitch, and I’m positive we’ll be fighting hard individually and collectively to achieve our goals.”
Bradford (Park Avenue) manager John Deacey said:
“I’m very pleased that Martin has decided to stay with us. Like I’ve said before, it’s important that we try and keep the nucleus of the squad for next season. It’s great news for Bradford (Park Avenue).”