Manly effort from Midgley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Craig Midgley made a big impression on his Manly debut Craig Midgley made a big impression on his Manly debut

Former Bantam Craig Midgley has headed Down Under.

The 31-year-old striker left Farsley Celtic to join Australian outfit Manly United in the New South Wales Premier League, making an eye-catching debut against Marconi.

Midgley came through the Valley Parade youth system, signing pro under Lennie Lawrence at 18. But he was chiefly used as a substitute, scoring one league goal, before joining Hartlepool in 1998.

Midgley left Victoria Park for Halifax and spent five seasons at the Shay before linking up with former City team-mate Lee Sinnott at Farsley.

But he missed out on their Conference North play-off final win in May after agreeing to join Manly.

Midgley is hoping his move to Australia will eventually open the door for a job in coaching or management after studying for all the necessary qualifications.

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