A FORMER Bradford (Park Avenue) starlet has agreed to drop down two divisions and return to Yorkshire.

Alex Hurst, who appeared at Horsfall between 2018 and 2020, will be plying his trade at National League York City next season.

The 22-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee from League One Port Vale - the club who bought him from Avenue.

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The exciting winger started his career in the youth system at Crewe Alexandra before impressing in non-league for the likes of Matlock Town and Bradford.

It was off the back of Avenue's playoff finishing 2018/19 season where Hurst earned a move to the football league club.

A loan move followed the campaign after but that was brought to a close early due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hurst playing for Avenue against York City.Hurst playing for Avenue against York City.

He broke into the Valiants team, making 20 appearances, in the behind-closed-doors season before struggling to regain his place as promotion was gained last term.

The new York signing said: “I knew there was some interest from talking to my agent last year and as soon as I heard they wanted to sign me permanently I just wanted to get it over the line.

“It is a great club and I’ve worked with the gaffer before – he gave me my debut in the football league.

“I can play on the left or the right wing, like a wide forward, and I’d like to think I’m someone who can get the fans off their seat. I like to run at players, attack players and get crosses into the box.

“I’d like to get my stats up and to get some more goals and assists to my name is my main goal this season.”

Hurst links up again with manager John Askey who originally brought him to Vale.