Avenue goalkeeper Steven Drench says he knows he will enjoy playing for his new club.

Drench became the third new signing of the summer as he joined from FC Halifax Town, reuniting with former Guiseley and current Bradford manager Mark Bower.

And the experienced stopper says he is happy to finally sign for the club having known the move would materialise for a while.

“I’m happy really,” the goalkeeper said.

“Obviously I know Bowz and Bosh from my time at Guiseley, and I spoke to Mark pretty early on really and he just told me to keep my phone on during the summer.

“The be-all and end-all is that I know I will enjoy my time here.

“I know the vast majority of the lads, either playing against them or with them over the years, and I know it will be a place that I will enjoy my football.”

The goalkeeper spent six years at Guiseley prior to joining Halifax last summer, and in fact was initially brought to Nethermoor as a replacement for Jon Worsnop.

“I know the club had a difficult start to last season,” Drench said.

“Obviously there were various reasons for that but Spider came in for a while did well.

“Towards the back end of the season when the team needed results he did really well.

“Hopefully I can come in and kick on from that and help the team push up the table a little bit and who knows what that could lead to come the end of the season.”

Drench will be a familiar name to Avenue fans having played against the club countless times during his time at Guiseley.

“The supporters here will have seen me play plenty of times before, and hopefully I can show them more of what I’m about,” the 31-year-old said.

“These days I’m a bit older and a bit wiser, but it’s always been about enjoyment for me.

“I know if I’m enjoying my football I’ll be there or thereabouts with my form.

“Hopefully I can form a good partnership with whoever is playing in front of me, then that can give us a good grounding to kick on and see where it takes us.”

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