City old boy signs up for Avenue

Simon Ainge was released by City at the end of last season

Simon Ainge was released by City at the end of last season

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There will be four new signings available to Avenue for tomorrow night’s visit of Leeds United after boss Lee Sinnott confirmed Simon Ainge has put pen to paper.

The defender has switched to Bradford’s other club after being released by City at the end of last season.

He joins former Huddersfield Town man Simon Baldry, Aiden Savory and Ross O’Brien, who have all now signed.

There is also a return to Horsfall for a former crowd favourite as Wayne Benn has been appointed reserve-team manager.

He takes over the role vacated following the shock departure of Mick Couzens and some of his staff.

The first-team squad faced a blank weekend because of Monday’s high-profile friendly so Sinnott brought them in for training.

“We had a full session because we expect a very thorough examination tomorrow night,” he said. “Leeds are a professional club, so whatever squad they send it will be packed with very fit and talented players.

“We have a couple of injuries – Tom Birch (groin strain) and Amjad Iqbal (hamstring) among them, while Martin Drury is ill – but Jamie Price worked with the players and even Andy Campbell joined in.

“He is only half training at the moment, so tomorrow will be too soon. Andy might be in contention for Darlington on Saturday.

“That is our next game because Oldham Athletic have cancelled Wednesday as they are playing Middlesbrough at home that night.

“Saturday’s reserve game at Tadcaster Albion was also called off, due to the situation with Mick Couzens leaving to become joint-manager at Ossett Town.

“Since then we have brought Wayne in to fill the gap and he is the perfect candidate in many ways.”

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