Bradford (Park Avenue) striker Tom Greaves has left the club to join Evostik Northern Premier Division side FC United of Manchester.
The 27 year old has been a fans favourite since joining the Avenue as a youngster in 2004. Since stepping up from the reserves, Greaves had spells at Guiseley AFC, Woodley Sports, Bridlington and Ossett Town. In 2010, the striker returned to the Horsfall Stadium for a second spell after he was signed from Garforth Town. Over the past two years, Greaves has been part of John Deacey’s first team, and is known for scoring crucial goals. Despite a short term loan at Garforth in 2012, Greaves forced his way back into contention for the Avenue’s push for promotion. It was the Playoff Final victory against his new side that Bradford fans will remember Tom Greaves for. After coming on as a substitute, the striker scored the winning goal in the final two minutes to earn the Avenue promotion to the Blue Square Bet North.
On the move, Greaves admits it was a tough decision:
‘It was a tough decision to leave Bradford (Park Avenue) as I have made some great friends over the years, not just the players, but the supporters too. I will take an endless list of memories that will stick with me forever, but, with the lack of game time this season, I felt the time was right to move on and take a new challenge. I’m not one to shy away from competition but I felt like I was slipping down the order and it wasn’t doing my fitness or confidence any good. I would like to say thank you to Bob, John, Kevin, Maria and David for backing me every step of the way, and I wish the players and the fans all the very best for the season and beyond. I will miss being at the club that has been a big part of my life for so long.’
Bradford manager John Deacey praised the striker for his contribution to the club:
‘I would like to thank Tom for his services at the club. He has been a fantastic player for us, a great character and I hope he does really well at FC United of Manchester, I’m sure our paths will cross in the future.’
Also, the club have announced striker Jamie Jackson has returned to Evostik Northern Premier Division outfit Worksop Town for a second loan spell.