DR John Dean has stepped down from his role on the Bradford (Park Avenue) board.

A lifelong supporter and Pudsey local Dr Dean is well known to the Horsfall faithful and the local community having served the club as chairman for over 12 years from 2005.

He had been a board member for 16 years and has decided to leave due to personal reasons.

Although Dr Dean will continue to stay close to the club in a ambassadorial role - an honorary lifetime award for exceptional service.

In his place comes long-time supporter and previous board advisor Paul Armitage, who has a strong corporate background.

Chairman Gareth Roberts and fellow director David Little said: "We thank John most sincerely for his wonderful work, and are delighted to have Paul on board to continue to strengthen the club as it moves forwards."

Meanwhile, Avenue have also announced one of its current sponsors has already put pen-to-paper for another year.

Brighouse-based Highbury Homes Yorkshire Ltd will remain on the back of players' shorts for a second season on the bounce.

Football operations manager Calum Cullen said: "This is fantastic news for the football club.

"Having spoken with Gareth (Jones, Highbury Homes’ managing director), it was clear that he has a real passion for Bradford (Park Avenue) and was keen to keep supporting us.

"Getting this deal over the line is another piece in the jigsaw ready for what will hopefully be a very good season.

"I look forward to being able to have Highbury down at the ground as and when we are allowed to."

Jones added: "We are delighted to confirm that Highbury Homes will continue to sponsor Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC for the second year running.

"As a local employer, we recognise the value in supporting our small communities by providing much needed funding and support, and would like to wish Bradford (Park Avenue) a very successful season."