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Bradford Park Avenue boost ranks with double signing
Bradford Park Avenue boss John Deacey has added two new players to his squad.
Deacey has been promising more signings and was as good as his word yesterday when it was announced that former Halifax Town striker Danny Glover has been recruited from Worcester City and central defender Ryan Qualter from Ossett Town.
“Danny played against us last week for Worcester and I thought he did well,” said Deacey, who also confirmed that Jason St Juste has been released.
“He started, played for about an hour and caused us problems. Danny is a fierce competitor and will give us some strength up front. He has a lot of qualities and knows a lot about us after his time with Halifax.
“Ryan is a promising defender; only a youngish lad but he has been playing well for Ossett and we have been watching him for a couple of months. He is a very accomplished centre back so he should fit in well with the way we like to play.
“They are decent signings and we needed a bit of a boost, to be fair.”
The pair go straight into the squad for today’s Conference North game against Gloucester City at Cheltenham’s Abbey Business Stadium.
They join other recent recruits Ross Gardner, who scored on his debut last Saturday, and Paul Beesley, who was also on target in the 6-1 win over Worcester. That was Beesley’s second goal for Avenue since his arrival before Christmas.
The club’s board had assured Deacey that funds would be made available to revamp the squad but the manager is still working within a tight budget. That led to winger St Juste’s exit as Deacey looked to strengthen other areas.
Deacey said: “Jason has done well for us and I would like to thank him on behalf of everyone at the club. He is a very good player with a turn of pace and he will be a good signing for someone.
“We have a decent squad for the (Gloucester) game because Scooby (Richard Marshall) is back from suspension and Martin Drury is the only injured player.
“Dru is the only one not in contention so we are going to have to leave someone out of the squad. That’s something we haven’t been able to say for a long time.”
Assistant manager Mark Hume, goalkeeping coach Dermott McMurray and a sprinkling of loan players have been making up the bench in recent weeks as the Avenue squad suffered from a glut of suspensions and injuries.
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