BRADFORD (Park Avenue) have confirmed that they are keeping another fans favourite on board as Oli Johnson has agreed to make it five years at Horsfall.

The 32-year-old has made 115 appearances, netting 34 goals, for the club since arriving on an initial loan spell from Guiseley in the 2016/17 campaign.

What is more impressive though, is his ability to shake off his previous injury problems, only missing out on 10 games (three due to suspension) during that spell.

The ex-Norwich striker, who has scored a goal every 3.38 games for Bradford, has always been someone Mark Bower can rely on after first linking up with the boss at Nethermoor in 2014.

Johnson's versatility, close control and calmness in front of goal have seen his services in demand with Avenue turning down a number of approaches over the years.

His professional past will also help youngsters Jamie Lyons ad Lewis Knight as they look to make inroads at that level in the future.

Compared to his usual standards, Johnson had a poor season last term, only bagging three goals in his 11 starts, but he is determined to get back on track when the 2020/21 campaign begins.

He said: "I am really happy to commit to the club for another season. To work with Mark, Bosh (Danny Boshell) and Tully (Ryan Toulson) again, and to kick on from last season after a turbulent time for the club.

"Hopefully we can now find some stability, with the improvements around the ground and infrastructure being put in place, along with a brand new playing surface. I can't wait to get started again when its safe to resume."

Avenue assistant Boshell added: "We are delighted OJ has decided to stay with us for another season. There’s no doubting his natural ability, plus his goal scoring record at this level is excellent and speaks for itself, despite playing from a predominantly wide position.

"On his day, he is without doubt one of the best players in the league and a genuine match winner. We expect our new 3G surface will allow us to play more to OJ’s strengths and that can only benefit us.

"He’s a great lad with a fantastic attitude, exactly the type we want in our dressing room and the younger boys can only learn from him."