30 August 2001: STANSFIELD GOES TO BPA

Ossett Town problem player James Stansfield was finally off loaded this week as months of speculation were ended when he completed an undisclosed transfer to UniBond Premier Division club Bradford Park Avenue

Stansfield, who signed for Town midway through last season after being released from Halifax Town, made a good start for the club before refusing to sit on the bench after being left out of the starting line up for a league match at Ashton United.

The saga continued when he refused to turn out for the reserves the following week and began a one man strike from Town.

The ginger haired central defender then signed on loan with Northern Counties East League outfit Liversedge whilst unsuccessfully trialling with Stockport County and a couple of Nationwide Conference clubs, but despite being invited back to pre-season training at Ingfield, he failed to show sparking fresh speculation surrounding his departure.

Ossett Albion were said to be interested at one stage but Town insisted on a transfer fee to cover Stansfields wages whilst at Town and also the transfer fee for Brendan Aspinall who was signed to replace him.

A deal was agreed with another unamed UniBond club earlier in the month, but after that collapsed Park Avenue were quick to step in as they attempt to strengthen their squad following a disappointing start to their Premier Division campaign.

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