Bradford Park Avenue have signed defender Mark Ross ahead of today’s match against York City.
The former Stockport captain had been without a club at the start of the season, and comes in to provide much-needed defensive cover.
Centre back Shane Killock is currently out injured, while right back Javan Vidal will commence a three-match ban on Tuesday following his red card against Southport.
Ross, who has also made over 250 appearances for Chorley, is equally comfortable in either position and comes in with Avenue facing five games in just 17 days.
“It’s all been a bit unexpected really,” the 28-year-old said.
“I’ve had a bit of a strange summer really, I’ve been in and out of clubs and not really known what to do with football.
“So I’d never really thought about signing for Bradford but now it’s come along and I’ve trained with the lads a few times, I’m enjoying myself more than I have in a while.
“And that’s what it’s all about for me, that’s what I want to get out of it so I’m very happy to sign for the club.”
Ross was captain at Edgeley Park last term, making 41 appearances as they narrowly missed out on a National League North play-off spot.
“For one reason or another things just didn’t work out at Stockport, and now I just want to get back to enjoying my football,” he said.
“Whoever I play for I’m always going to put in 100%, I want the team to be doing well.
“I’m not here to play for playing’s sake, I always want to play for something and I always want to win.
“Away from football I’m a personal trainer and run my own fitness facility so I’m always keeping fit even when I’ve not been on the pitch.
“It’s a bit different getting that match sharpness, but I’m hoping to do more and more work to get there.”
First up for Ross is the visit of York City at the Horsfall Stadium, but the defender says he prefers to focus on his own game than worry about the opposition.
“I’ve never bothered about teams that I come up against,” he said.
“The opposition has never worried me really, you can get bogged down in all that and start overthinking it.
“There are some clubs out there who get a bit obsessed with it but I’ve always said that if you’re confident in yourself and your team, you should just be focusing on that.
“Obviously I know a little bit about York and we know what to expect, but too much information can get to you.
“If you know the player you’re going to come up against and his best attributes to try and stop, then you’re good to go.
“Obviously it is going to be a tough one but I’m looking forward to it and it should be a good game.”