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Wroe Commits To Avenue

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Bradford Park Avenue midfielder Nicky Wroe has signed a contract to remain at the Vanarama National League North club for the 2017/18 season.

Wroe was a key figure for Avenue last season as they avoided relegation, and endeared himself to supporters with a number of impressive displays.

The midfielder was rewarded for those displays as he was awarded the Supporters’ player of the year award at the end of the season.

His penalty away at Kidderminster Harriers on the last day of the season also meant he ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer on 6 goals.

Wroe made forty-six appearances in all competitions for Bradford last season, missing just one league and one County Cup game all year.

“It’s always good news when you retain the supporters’ player of the year from the previous season, so we’re pleased that Nicky has committed for another year,” Avenue boss Mark Bower said. “Given the way we want the players to play, both his experience and quality will be great assets to the team.

“Nicky was a key player for us during our great escape and we felt it was vital to keep him at the club in order for us to push on next season.”

The 31-year-old initially signed for the club last summer, just a month after captaining FC Halifax Town to victory in the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

A central midfielder, Wroe has a wealth of Football League experience, featuring for clubs such as Barnsley, Torquay United and Preston North End.

He made over 100 league appearances for Torquay, helping them to promotion to League Two before joining Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee.

The central midfielder started his career at Barnsley, progressing through the ranks and going on to make fifty-nine appearances at Oakwell.

Spells at Bury, Hamilton Academical and York City followed before he joined Torquay in 2008, winning promotion in his first season at Plainmoor.

Two more years in League Two followed with Shrewsbury before he joined then-League One side Preston North End in 2012.

After loan spells at Shrewsbury and Oxford United, Wroe joined Notts County in 2014.

In his second season at County, he joined Halifax on loan, making the switch permanent in January this year.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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