Bradford Park Avenue striker Oli Johnson said he is delighted to sign a contract that keeps him at the club for the 2017-18 campaign.
Johnson joined the club on a permanent basis in January, having spent a month on loan at the Horsfall Stadium earlier in the season.
He grabbed five goals in 17 league appearances as Bradford pulled off an incredible escape to preserve their place in the National League North.
The forward became the second player to sign on the dotted line as manager Mark Bower begins to shape his squad ahead of his first full season in charge of the club, and Johnson couldn’t be happier to remain an Avenue player.
“Last year I really enjoyed my time at the club,” the 29-year-old said.
“We picked up some really good results and I’m delighted to be signing on for another year.
“Personally I had a decent run towards the end of the season, I scored a few goals and could have scored a few more if I’m being critical.
“I’ve been enjoying playing down the middle up top, and hopefully I can continue playing games and scoring goals.”
The former Norwich City, Stockport County and Oxford United striker struggled for fitness before joining Avenue last season, and says keeping fit is his main target going into a new campaign.
“I just aim to play as many games as possible,” Johnson said.
“I’ve learned that staying fit is the main target these days, and then go on from there.
“It was a little bit stop-start with injuries for me at the start of last season, but after Christmas I managed to stay injury free.
“And I felt the benefits of getting out there, I felt fit and strong, and hopefully I can take that into the new season, keep myself fit over summer and hit the ground running.
“But for the whole squad, if the second half of last season is anything to go by then it’s going to be a successful season, and hopefully I can play a part of that with plenty of goals for the club.”
Manager Bower was clearly a large factor in Johnson’s decision to remain at the club, and the attacker says he feels loyal towards the Bradford boss.
“I’ve worked under Mark for the last few years now, and I owe a lot to him,” Johnson explained
“I’d been out of football for well over a year and he was the one who gave me the chance to get back into the game.
“So obviously I’ve got a certain degree of loyalty to him, and that’s quite a big thing when it comes to sorting a deal.
“It’s the same with Bosh (Danny Boshell, Avenue’s assistant manager), I’ve got a really good relationship with them both.
“They clearly trust me as a player and that fills me with confidence, so it is nice to sign up for another year and hopefully repay their loyalty to me.”
Johnson took time out to show off Avenue’s Season Ticket offers, which supporters can take advantage of now.
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