Bradford Park Avenue have signed experienced goalkeeper Steven Drench from neighbours Halifax Town.

The 31-year-old is most well-known for his six-year spell at Guiseley, where he featured under current Avenue boss Mark Bower.

Drench made 242 league appearances at Nethermoor, helping the club to promotion via the Conference North play-offs in 2015.

He joins Avenue after making 21 appearances in Halifax’s successful promotion campaign last term, and will also work with the club’s Academy set up.

“Drenchy is an experienced non-league goalkeeper who has performed consistently at the top of our league for the past seven seasons,” Bower said

“Goalkeeper is a priority position and we saw what a difference Spider (Jon Worsnop) made to the team last season when he came in.

“With that in mind, securing a keeper to replace him was never going to be easy, but we feel that we have now done that with his signing.

“Having worked at Blackburn in the past, Drenchy will also take up a coaching role within our academy to help the young goalkeepers at the club.”

The goalkeeper, known for his excellent distribution of the ball, began his career with Blackburn where he featured internationally for England Schoolboys and under-17s.

He then moved to Morecambe, initially on loan before joining permanently in 2006.

Making 47 appearances in his first full season with the club, Drench was awarded the club’s Player of the Year award as they won promotion from the Conference in 2007, though he missed the play-off final after dislocating his shoulder in the second semi-final against York City.

After struggling to regain his first team spot, Drench joined Conference North side Southport on loan, again making the move permanent the following summer.

Spells at Cambridge United and Leigh Genesis followed before the goalkeeper moved to Guiseley after their promotion to the Conference North, ironically as a replacement for Worsnop.

He made 205 league appearances for the Lions in non-league’s second tier before they earned promotion with an incredible comeback victory over Chorley in the 2015 play-off final.

Drench played 37 times in the National League as Guiseley brilliantly avoided the drop, before leaving the following summer for Halifax.

Injury halted a strong start to Drench’s campaign, and he left the Shay after 21 league appearances for the club, joining Avenue despite strong rumours he had moved to Alfreton Town.

The talented goalkeeper was also proud to show off Bradford’s Season Ticket offers, which supporters can take advantage of now.

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Students, apprentices and under-18s can pick up a 2017-18 league Season Ticket for just £20, while concessions are priced at only £99.

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