Bradford Park Avenue boss John Deacey got his man when he swooped to sign Paddy Miller from neighbouring Evo-Stik Division One North outfit Farsley.
Miller put in some very strong displays towards the end of last season for Farsley as they fell just short of the play-offs in their division. However, Deacey had identified the player as one he thought could step up to the Conference North and the player matched the Avenue manager’s ambition in talks.
Deacey said: “He is at the right age and he is a very good player. I have watched him several times and I’ve been very impressed. Coming after Ryan Qualter re-signed and with us getting Steve Mallory back we should be very strong defensively.
“I’m hoping James Knowles will also be here but I know he is talking to other clubs. I want him back here and James loves being at Bradford but he is a fine player and I’m not surprised that clubs are looking at him.”
The 24-year-old Miller has signed a one-year deal and is the second new arrival at the Horsfall Stadium, following in the footsteps of striker Bradley Barraclough.
Last season, Miller made 47 appearances and scored two goals, playing in the centre of the defence for Farsley. Previously, Miller has featured for Scarborough Athletic, Ossett Town and Yorkshire Amateur.
Miller said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of stepping up to this level with Bradford. I feel I’m at the right age to make the move up to this league. After speaking with the manager, I’m excited by his philosophy of playing football because it’s enjoyable and it’s what I’ve been used to at previous clubs.
“I’ve come here to be successful, both individually and as a team. The club is established after spending two years in this league, but I’m ambitious, I’ve not joined to finish mid-table. I’m sure we’ll have targets and hopefully we can push to get into the play-offs.”
Deacey added: “It’s a good signing for the club. Paddy has plenty of potential and he wants to play at the highest level he can. He has a great attitude for the game and I’m looking forward to working with him.”