Pursehouse’s career takes another Avenue as he joins Bradford side

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town'Inkersall Road, Staveley'14th January 2015''Staveley's Jahmal Smith bursts through the Worksop defence.''Pic by Dan Westwell
Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town'Inkersall Road, Staveley'14th January 2015''Staveley's Jahmal Smith bursts through the Worksop defence.''Pic by Dan Westwell

Worksop Town defender Alex Pursehouse has left the club to join Bradford Park Avenue.

The right-back, who has featured at sweeper in recent games, became the second Tiger to move to a Conference North side this season, following in the footsteps of Luke Shiels.

For many his presence at Sandy Lane was a surprise at the start of the season, after a trial at Tamworth failed to yield a contract.

And the feeling that he was too good for NCEL Premier football was proved correct, with Bradford Park Avenue signing him this week – their second attempt to land the 22-year-old’s services.

He initially turned down an approach from the West Yorkshire club earlier in the season.

But a desire to further his career saw Pursehouse change his mind in the last week.

Worksop boss Mark Shaw lauded the former Kilmarnock man’s efforts for Tigers, including his solid performances last season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, but conceded his exit was a blow for the club.

He said: “Alex has been tremendous for the club since joining at the beginning of last season, playing a big role in the club reaching the play-offs.”

“However, anyone who knows Alex well knows that he wants to further his career reaching as a high a level as is possible and BPA have come in for him offering a deal that has proved to be too good to turn down; a deal very similar to what Luke Shiels received at Harrogate Town.”

“Knowing how much he wants to prove himself it must have been difficult for Alex to have taken the drop to play in the NCEL, but now he has the opportunity to show what he can do at a higher level”

“For me personally I always hate to see one of our better plays leave, but wish Alex well.”

Pursehouse made 72 appearances for Worksop, scoring just the one goal - in a rout of Glasshoughton Welfare earlier this season.