BRADFORD Park Avenue have four confirmed friendly fixtures, and manager Mark Bower feels that the club’s supporters will be looking forward to getting a glimpse of the close-season signings.

Left-sided midfielder Nicky Clee and striker Adam Boyes have already been drafted in, from Altrincham and Guiseley respectively, while forward Oli Johnson, centre back Shane Killock and midfielder Nicky Wroe, who all ended last season at Horsfall Stadium, have penned new deals.

Bower said: “When the friendlies are announced, it’s always nice for the supporters because they can set their dates for their chances to see the new-look squad for the first time.

“I think we’ve got a good little mix of friendly games, and we’re hoping for a few Football League clubs to confirm, once they’ve got sorted.

"It always starts to feel a bit more real when you get a look at dates for pre-season games – it’s exciting.

“For me as a manager, it’s the first time I’ve been able make plans as early as we’ve been able to this season.

"Before I’ve always had play-offs to get through or been waiting on confirmation of safety.

“We were officially safe a few weeks before the end of last season so we got off to a quick start, and negotiations with the targets we identified have gone very well so far.

“I’m happy. There’s still an awful lot to do but I’m very excited at the moment.”

Friendly games – July; Sat 1 Albion Sports v Bradford Park Avenue, Tue 4 Campion v Bradford Park Avenue, Sat 8 Tadcaster Albion U21’s v Thackley, Mon 10 Eccleshill United v Shaw Lane, Tue 11 Guiseley v Barnsley, Wed 12 Campion v Ossett Albion, Sat 15 Eccleshill United v Curzon Ashton, Knaresborough Town v Thackley, Liversedge v Immingham Town, Silsden v Campion, Tue 18 Ossett Town v Bradford Park Avenue, Thackley v Silsden, Wed 19 Campion v Liversedge, Farsley Celtic v Harrogate Town, Sat 22 AFC Blackpool v Liversedge, Eccleshill United v Farsley Celtic, Sherborn White Rose v Campion, Thackley v Ossett Albion, Tue 25 Handsworth Parramore v Guiseley, Thackley v Colne, Wed 26 Eccleshill United v Brighouse Town, Liversedge v CGB Humbertherm, Sat 29 Altrincham v Bradford Park Avenue, Farsley Celtic v Ossett Albion, Northallerton Town v Liversedge, Thackley v Campion. Aug; Tue 1 Glossop North End v Farsley Celtic, Steeton v Thackley, Sat 5 Mossley v Farsley Celtic.