Bradford (Park Avenue) have confirmed that goalkeeper coach Danny King has left the club, less than a week after player/coach Luca Havern also departed.

King came in ahead of the 2020/21 season to work under first-team boss Mark Bower and assistant manager Danny Boshell, who were both sacked last month with Avenue struggling towards the bottom of the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

He initially worked alongside Avenue’s number ones like Dan Atkinson and Will Huffer, with the latter later returning to professional football at Bradford City.

King also coached Johnny Saltmer, then had a big hand in the development of both George Sykes-Kenworthy and Liam Hall, the latter making a move to the Football League in August, signing a professional deal with Wrexham AFC. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Johnny Saltmer saves a penalty for Avenue against Marine in 2021.Johnny Saltmer saves a penalty for Avenue against Marine in 2021. (Image: Alex Daniel.)

Sykes-Kenworthy has also moved up to the pyramid, having signed a professional contract in the National League with York City in October, after training under King at Avenue since December 2021.

Discussing his departure from Horsfall, King said: “It was a tough decision and a lot of thought has gone into it, but it is the right time for me to move on. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club and got to know and work with some amazing players and people. 

“I wish the new management team, the players, staff and volunteers behind the scenes and the fans all the best in the coming months.”

In a short club statement, Avenue said they were sad to see King leave Horsfall but wanted to put on record their thanks for his commitment to the club over the last three seasons.

They also said they wish him well in all of his future endeavours.