Drury Talks Transfers

Following the recent loss of influential midfielder Jack Rea as well as versatile Dan Clayton, the club finally announced some good news this lunchtime with the signing of Simon Ainge from FC Halifax Town.

The addition of Ainge greatly bolsters the defensive options, which is understandably very satisfying for Avenue’s Martin Drury.

“We’re very pleased to finally get Simon on board from FC Halifax Town.

“We believe he will be a good asset to the squad now and with what we are trying to build for the future of the club.

“He comes with a wealth of experience at conference level and his achievements speak for themselves so to get a player of his quality is a big positive for us.

“Simon’s been honest and has said himself he wants to be fitter having not played as much football as he would have liked this season at Halifax so he now has to work hard personally.

“Along with playing regular football for us and a programme in training to speed this up I’m sure he will be in great condition very soon.

“It’s been a difficult task to get things done and the backing we’ve received from the board at Bradford has been absolutely fantastic so for this we are very grateful.

“Thanks also need to go to Halifax town. Both manager Neil Aspin and chairman Dave Bosomworth have been a pleasure to deal with and have done things professionally throughout the process.”

Speaking after the loss of Jack Rea, Drury said “We are very disappointed to lose Jack. He is a very good footballer and great lad off the field.

“His attitude has been superb and he has performed consistently well for us over the last couple of months.

“Unfortunately the opportunity to play at a higher level and at a club closer to home for him made it too difficult for us to keep him at Bradford, despite our efforts.”

Drury also confirmed that the club aren’t only looking at outgoings, with another signing on the way.

“We’re in advanced talks with another player from the league above of which we hope to announce the arrival of this week so things are starting to look promising for the future of Bradford Park Avenue.

“With our last two fixtures postponed and a tough month ahead we are all looking forward to getting going again on Sunday.”