BRADFORD (Park Avenue) could be looking at a long summer ahead in regards to keeping hold of their main man Lewis Knight.

It is understood three Vanarama National League North clubs have already be in touch regarding the striker’s availability.

Knight bagged 11 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions in the recently abandoned campaign and is not one of five players, which include Jake Hibbs and Brad Dockerty, with an extension clause for the 2021-22 season in their contracts.

The club feel Knight is good enough to play in the EFL and their job would be complete if he does move on to a higher league. They worry remaining in Step Two of non-league would merely be a step sideways, or potentially down.

Avenue also want to tie him down so they can be financially rewarded if he eventually does leave. The 22-year-old has been strutting his stuff at Horsfall for the last three seasons, playing 89 times.

Due to his age, under 24, and as long as they offer him a contract, Bradford could claim compensation. Although that resolution is very rare at this level, the club would be prepared to fight it.

Avenue were already planning for next season before last week's null and void announcement was made.

Director of football Martin Knight said: "We will hopefully get the core sorted in the next two or three weeks, so we know where we are.

"There will be changes in the squad, there is going to be 2000 unemployed footballers in the UK.

"Harry (Boyes) was one of the best loan signings we have ever had at the club. I am already speaking to clubs now to see who they have on their loan list for next year.

"We proved this year that what we had was working.

"We had an exciting balance; we were scoring a lot of goals and conceding a lot of goals. The games were always entertaining we had something to build on.

"Lewis, Isaac, Brad, Matty (Downing) and Luke (Lyons)are all going to be stronger next year from this experience."

The government's roadmap out of lockdown means the club can hire their pitch out again from March 29. Their academy and West Bowling A.R.L.F.C. would be able to return and it can be rented out to Bradford Bulls' juniors and their soccer seven leagues.

Knight added: "The players are bored out of their tree; they want to play.

"These players won’t have kicked a ball from mid-January to June. Even if we play five-a-side it helps for their mental health and team bonding.

"Gareth (Roberts, chairman) and I have spoken about a fan day because we have got 3G so we can play multiple games on the same pitch.

"It might be that we play Guiseley, Farsley, Ossett and Brighouse and have a little local tournament. We put on a beer tent, bouncy castle and make it a family day.

"A lot of that would be based on the restrictions because without fans it is not financially viable."