Bradford (Park Avenue) has officially announced the acquisition of Oli Johnson, who will be taking on the dual role of a player-coach for the team. OJ’s primary responsibility will be as the Strength and Conditioning coach, providing his expertise in that area. However, he will also be available as a player when required during matches.
With this signing, the club has made another significant decision by adopting a hybrid system for their squad. This system will consist of both Full and Part-time players and coaches, adding versatility and flexibility to their team structure.
Oli Johnson’s association with Bradford (Park Avenue) began when he joined on loan from Guiseley in November 2016. Subsequently, he made his move permanent in 2017. Throughout his time at the club, Johnson has gained popularity and has been an essential figure under the management of Mark Bower. He has played a pivotal role over the past few years, contributing significantly to the team’s success.
Notably, during the previous season, Johnson showcased his capabilities as a star player by scoring the decisive goal against Curzon Ashton. Moreover, he played a crucial role in securing their first away win of the season with a remarkable 3-2 victory against Buxton. In that game, he scored the equalizer in the 90+2 minute, just four minutes after coming onto the pitch.
On the signing, First Team Manager Mark Bower said; “We’re delighted that OJ has taken on this new role.”
“It further adds to our strong management team, and his experience has a huge influence on the younger players and offers lots of versatility across our forward positions and in training.”
“It also confirms our switch to a hybrid system, which will really benefit us in the upcoming season.”