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Avenue Return for Worsnop

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Vanarama National League North club Bradford Park Avenue have re-signed goalkeeper Jon Worsnop following his release by National League side Chester FC.

The Bradford-born stopper has had two spells at the Horsfall Stadium in the past, between 2005 and 2006 before a longer stint between 2007 and 2009.

Returning in March 2007, Worsnop incredibly missed just two games up to the end of the 2008-9 season, playing in 115 out of a possible 117 cup and league matches. In 2008/09 he was the only ever-present appearing in all 50 matches.

He left the club having won the Supporters’ Club player of the year award in 2009.

That was after spells at Chester, Aberystwyth Town, Droylsden, Leigh Genesis, Witton Albion and Ossett Town, Worsnop coming through the ranks at Bradford City and making one League appearance for the Bantams.

Since his second spell at Avenue, the goalkeeper, known affectionately by supporters as `Spider` has enjoyed playing slightly higher up in the non-League Pyramid.

He moved to Guiseley AFC from the Horsfall, before a two-year stint at Worksop Town. From there he moved to FC United of Manchester and then to Alfreton Town before joining Chester in 2014.

Worsnop has made eighty appearances in the Conference/National League at the Deva Stadium since.

He had signed a two-year contract at the start of this season but left by mutual consent in late September, having fallen out of favour following the signing of young stopper Liam Roberts in a loan deal from Walsall.

He has briefly been on the books at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Warrington Town since leaving the Blues.

The 33-year-old is particularly remembered by Chester supporters for his heroics in a 0-0 FA Cup draw with Barnsley, in which he made a string of fine saves to preserve a clean sheet despite breaking his jaw in the fifth minute of the match.

Upon his return to Avenue, Worsnop said: “I’m extremely happy to be back at my home-town club.

“It feels great to be back somewhere I previously had a great time and left with great memories having won player of the year.

“I’ve known Mark Bower since we played together at Bradford City and I know he is an honest, hard-working manager who will get the club back to where it needs to be.

“I’ve had a great few years at Chester and it was a tough decision to leave but I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

“I want to bring experience to the team and concentrate on keeping clean sheets”.


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