FORMER Bantams striker Jon Stead has signed for non-league Harrogate Town.

The 36-year-old joins from Notts County, who will compete alongside the North Yorkshire side in the National League next season following relegation from League Two.

Stead, who made 182 appearances and scored 51 goals for the Magpies, told Harrogate's website: “Coming away from Notts County after four years I knew I needed a change and something fresh.

“I wanted to get things sorted out as soon as possible and make sure I knew where I was playing my football next season, I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to getting going.

“The things that have been going on at this club over the last two or three years are fantastic, they’re moving in the right direction and I want to be a part of that, help improve it and move us on to that next step.”

Stead is fondly remembered among Bantams fans, having enjoyed two loan spells at Valley Parade from 2014-15, his second one including goals against Chelsea and Sunderland in their famous FA Cup run.

Simon Weaver, boss of Harrogate who made it to the National League play-offs last season, said: "His career has been outstanding, but what is important for us is his track record over the last four years. He’s played over 180 games and kept himself in great shape.

“We watched a lot of him last season and he contributed a lot between the boxes, he was agile, put himself about, took up great positions in the box and executed his finishes well.

“We’re really pleased to have got him, he is an infectious character and is going to be good for all the younger players.”