WITH Lewis Knight quite rightly taking up most of the limelight in Bradford (Park Avenue)’s attack, it is easy to forget the impact Brad Dockerty has had since returning from his loan spell.

The 23-year-old's 10 appearances may have only produced two finishes in comparison but, when fit, he has been a nailed on starter for Mark Bower thanks to his ability to beat a man and make a goal from nothing.

Everyone knows Bower stresses the importance of his forwards being capable in both departments, and Dockerty has certainly worked on that asset of his game in recent weeks.

The winger, who has already banked 26 appearances in the green and white, is keen to add to his goal tally too after breaking a seven-game duck to open his account at AFC Fylde at the start of December.

“That is what I want to do,” he said.

“I could have had a few before then, but they just didn’t come.The flag was up but it wasn’t offside so in the end I was just glad to get off the mark.

On future targets, he added: “It is a new team so to probably just stay up because it is like a rebuild. It has not been a bad start compared to last year.

“Everyone wants to play higher so it is something I would like to do but it is not easy.”

Dockerty has had an unorthodox rise in the game.

After getting let down by Barnsley, he joined Frickley Athletic at 17 before coming into his own under former Avenue player Wayne Benn at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, scoring 40 goals and making 34 assists.

It was this form which attracted interest at not only Bradford but Rotherham United. Impressing against the Millers at Horsfall led to a trial at the Football League club.

Although a deal failed to materialise so back to West Yorkshire he went to spend the vast majority of last season at Pontefract Collieries.

He added: “I was buzzing when it came about (Rotherham trial) and it was a great experience.

“I was a bit gutted. I knew it would be hard, I wasn’t banking on it.

“(On Avenue signing) I was in and out of the team. When Marcus (Law) came in I started more and scored a few.

“I just had to change for work circumstances, I couldn’t travel to games. I always looked at the (Avenue) scores because I have got mates here.”