Bradford (Park Avenue) have confirmed the departure of their first-choice goalkeeper and captain George Sykes-Kenworthy.

The former Bantams stopper has joined Vanarama National League side York City for an undisclosed fee, in a move that will boost Avenue financially.

Sykes-Kenworthy had made 94 consecutive appearances in goal for the first team and after proving his high level of ability over the last two seasons, he has now earned himself a place in full-time football

The keeper, who arrived at Horsfall in December 2021 from Boston United, kept 28 clean sheets in all competitions during his time at Avenue.

Discussing Sykes-Kenworthy’s departure, Avenue manager Mark Bower said: “George has been superb for us over the past two years and while we are disappointed to lose him, there is no doubt that he deserves the chance to move back into full-time football, having shown an outstanding level of consistency and maturity while with us.

“I am pleased that we have been able to help another young player get back into the professional game and we wish him the best of luck.

“We have secured a transfer fee for George and that, along with his wages, will be available to us to invest in strengthening the team."

Goalkeeper coach Danny King is the only registered stopper at the club now, after young talent Liam Hall left to join Wrexham in August.

Talking about his plans to rectify that, Bower told the T&A: “Danny’s filled in when required, like in the West Riding County Cup.

“But we’re looking to bring someone else in, and we have some options we’ve been looking at for a bit of time.

“We’re certainly looking to bring someone in for our game this weekend against Marske and there are some decent options out there.

“We want to bring someone in for a reasonable period of time, and most likely it’ll be someone on a loan deal.”