Bradford Park Avenue’s latest signing Nicky Clee says the success of the club last season doesn’t come as a surprise.

Avenue performed an incredible escape from almost certain relegation after Mark Bower took over management and turned the club’s fortunes around.

The winger became the Bower’s first new signing of the summer as he joined from Altrincham, linking up again with the manager who took him to Guiseley.

“I’m really happy,” Clee said.

“I know the management team, they brought me in at Guiseley last year, and it didn’t really work out for any of us.

“But I’m glad to sign here and now my goal is to repay the faith that they have shown in me.

“You get to know a lot of the players around non-league, and that will certainly help me to settle in.

“I’ve played with quite a few of the lads before, so I’m looking forward to pre-season and getting to know everyone even more and kick on to hit the ground running come August.

“The manager is making some good signings already, just look at Oli Johnson who is a class player.

“I played with him at Guiseley, and you just need to train with him to see what he’s all about.

“He causes problems to any defence and he’s a real match-winner on his own, so he is a real asset to have.”

Clee, 33, started last season at Guiseley before a short spell at Harrogate was followed by a return to Altrincham, and he says he is eager to get some stability back.

“I’ve had a frustrating couple of years actually,” the winger explained.

“Last year it had started to go quite well at Guiseley but I couldn’t commit to the travelling, and then it just didn’t work out at Harrogate, and at Altrincham we struggled.

“So now I just want to put the last couple of years behind me and kick on this season at Bradford.

“For me, I just aim to try and stay fit and play as many games as possible to hopefully help us finish as high up the table as we can.

“I don’t set myself goal targets as I see myself as more of a creative player, so I try and set up as many as I can for the likes of OJ and whoever else the manager brings in.”

Avenue did magnificently to get out of the relegation zone last term, showing an excellent upturn in form after Bower took over, and the club’s first new signing this summer is keen to carry that on.

“The success at the club in the second half of the season doesn’t surprise me at all,” Clee said.

“You just have to look at the management team who have done well wherever they have been.

“Last season is the benchmark now to kick on from that and hopefully have a full season of the form that the club showed at the end of last season.”

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