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Blue Square Bet North club Bradford Park Avenue announced the arrival of vastly experienced former…..

….England semi-professional international defender Tim Ryan to the Horsfall Stadium.

The 39-year-old has joined Avenue following the departure of James Knowles to league rivals FC Halifax Town.

Ryan started his career at Scunthorpe United. Unable to break into the first-team, he joined Buxton in 1996 for a short while, before moving back into the League with Doncaster Rovers.

He made twenty-seven appearances for Rovers in his first spell, with a period on loan at Altrincham, and then signing for Southport.

Between 1997 and 2000 Ryan made 114 appearances for the Sandgrounders, scoring twice, before re-joining Doncaster where he made a bigger impact on his second stay there, making over a 180 appearances (and scoring six times) during his six years there.

In 2006 he had a spell with Peterborough, making seven appearances, before moving to Boston United at the end of 2006 going on to make twenty-three appearances and scoring four times.

Between 2007 and 2009 he was at Darlington, making forty-one appearances and scoring once.

A spell on loan at Harrogate Town preluded his move into non-League with Chester City, where he was made caretaker-manager in 2009, and then assistant-manager to Jim Harvey.

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Ryan reprised his role as assistant to Harvey, this time at Stalybridge Celtic.

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