Former Burnley and Alfreton stopper leaves Worksop and moves back up to Conference North with Bradford Park Avenue

Jon Stewart turns away from an attacker at Barton (Pic: Steve Hope)
Jon Stewart turns away from an attacker at Barton (Pic: Steve Hope)

Goalkeeper Jon Stewart has left Worksop Town to move up three divisions and join Bradford Park Avenue.

The custodian rejoined Tigers early last season, after a return to Alfreton Town in the Conference Premier failed to work out.

Ex Burnley keeper Stewart opted not to stay with Worksop, who just missed out on promotion by four points, instead electing to join another former Tiger Alex Pursehouse at Conference North side Avenue.

He notified Tigers boss Mark Shaw of his departure almost two weeks ago, but the move was only announced last night.

Stewart insisted it was the step up in competition and Avenue’s persistent chasing for his signature that swayed him.

Praising the club he is leaving he said: “They’re a really well run club with lovely people there, the chairman, the manager, everyone at the club is really good and professional.”

“The only factor in that sense was the league difference; whether to stay at Worksop and be comfortable. Home games are fine, home games feel like Conference matches, but some of the away games are a bit hard to take.”

“So I was umming and ahhing with Martin (Drury, Avenue boss) for a while and it was his persistence really, his persistence to get me on board. We had a meeting and I think he liked the look of me and I liked what he was telling me about the club and I think that was the main factor.”

Stewart made 52 appearances in two stints for Shaw’s Worksop side, 27 of which came last season.