JAMIE Lyons has signed a two-year deal to become part of Mark Bower's first team plans at Bradford (Park Avenue).

The winger, who joined Avenue's academy last September, has already experienced a taste of semi-professional football, making three appearances in the 2019/20 campaign.

One of those games saw him start in the Buildbase FA Trophy first round replay away at Halesowen Town.

Experienced academy coach, Des Hazel, praised Lyons when he spoke to the Telegraph & Argus earlier this month.

He said: "When I went in there after a week, I realised this kid could play. He had the right ability and temperament. He still has to grow into his body but that will come in time.

"Technically, from all the players I have worked with, he ticks a lot of those boxes at such a young age."

Lyons was delighted when the club offered him the contract and wants to become a player Bradford can rely on.

He said: "I am happy to come through the academy and get a chance to prove myself in the first team, especially with me just turning 18.

"I can see that I am improving as a player and I am becoming more talkative too. I used to be quiet.

"It is a different intensity and it is more of a challenge coming up against people that are older than you.

"When you face players your own age, they are easier to play against. When you come up against experience, those players have already been there and done it, so they know what to expect.

"He (Hazel) has definitely helped me as a player, and as a leader as well. My aim is to keep progressing as a player and keep getting better."