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Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds

The story of a young Georgian refugee, born through the chaos of the Abkhazia War to find his feet in the footballing world.
Started on 5 October 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 5 July 2019 by Justice
Lovely kits
I've missed a lot of the story having spent some time away from the site but great to see you doing so well! Good luck for the 2019/20 season!
Just caught up on this, great great read! Phew what a story, hope Bradford can get to the BPL soon with those fresh new kits ;)
MJK46: Thanks man :D

joshleedsfan: It's good to see you back mate! Thanks for the kind words :)

Atoobie: I would absolutely love it if we managed another consecutive promotion! Thanks mate :)

We've started the new 2019/2020 season well with a very good preseason. We set up friendlies against Preston North End (Championship), Reading (League One), Bradford City (League One), North Ferriby United (National League North) and Lech Poznan (T-Mobile Ekstraklasa) and won four out of the five organised. Our highest home attendance during the set was a massive 10,981 people who turned out for the Bradford City game.
Also over the course of preseason we met with some familiar faces, like Cedrik Ramos, who used to be our Under-21 Manager until he left to become First-Team Manager at North Ferriby. Also a very old face we saw was our former Polish captain Kasjusz Piwowarczyk, who played for Lech Poznan and was the reason Lech accepted our proposition of a friendly.

Well, surprise, surprise! Matthew Fletcher is set to have yet another fantastic season with us at Horsfall Stadium as he bagged two hat-tricks over the course of preseason and outscored his appearance count by six goals against some decent teams this summer. What a player!
Sad you beat the Royals by so much :( BUt good start man
A good pre season mate and I think there's another good season in the running for you!
God this squad looks strong!
That was a great preseason and it looks like you are ready to dominate the league
Atoobie: My dearest apologies ;)

mgriffin2012: Thanks mate, I have a good feeling about this season!

Griffo: Even better considering that all of the initial team from seasons ago are starting to mould and reach their peak!

MJK46: Cheers mate, it was pretty good!
Ready to boss the Championship by the looks of it!

It's been another busy transfer week in West Yorkshire as Adam Chabukiani completes one signing, meanwhile selling another five players from his first-team squad.

For the first time in the club's history, Avenue have gone overseas out of the British Isles to sign up a player. This player is Hajduk Split's Salih Posinkovic, a Bosnian central-midfielder.

The youngster has made 28 appearances for his country's national team after starting his career off in the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo, with FK Sarajevo. In 2017, Posinkovic was snapped up for £85,000 by Croatian giants Hajduk and went onto make 42 first-team appearances in the Croatian top-flight.

With his contract running out this summer at Poljud, he stayed on at Hajduk on a month-to-month deal until a buyer came in for him. Bradford Park Avenue were the first to pounce on the youngster, but upon realising his work permit was rejected and that he couldn't play for Avenue's first-team Posinkovic was immediately placed on the loan list.

Posinkovic was signed on a season-long loan deal by Serie A's Cittadella. Cittadella will pay £10,750 per month to keep the midfielder, which will eventually rack up to £110,000.

The exits from The Shay are big ones, though. The first to depart was Bradford PA hero Caner Dumlupinar, the young right-back who came through the Avenue youth system. The half-Turk was placed in the first-team during Chabukiani's first ever promotion at the club in 2016 and amassed 115 appearances for the club ever since - including 13 last season.

The full-back moves to Birmingham City in Avenue's record sale in their history as Dumlupinar joins the Midlands club for a massive £4,000,000.

Despite only seven months at the club, Magnus Mattiasson was the next person shown the door by Avenue chiefs this August. Signed on a free transfer from Swedish giants Goteborg in January, the winger failed to have any impact on the club.

Upon saying this, the club have made a very neat £875,000 on the player, meaning a £875k profit on Mattiasson altogether.

Another short stay at Horsfall Stadium was in order for world-star midfielder Fredy Guarín as he leaves to join Liga BBVA outfit Celta Vigo for a £700,000 fee following his complaints of treatment in West Yorkshire, as well as the cold climate in Britain not helping the situation.

After joining the club in August 2018, Nelson Coronado has also departed the club for a fee of £775,000 to Premier League side Stoke City. Coronado was scouted in Peru by Kenny Lindoe, Avenue's former Chief Scout and was signed on a free transfer last year. After a short loan to Harrogate Town last season, he finds himself among the best in the world in the Premier League.

From one failed signing to another, the most recent departure from Bradford Park Avenue is the former Crewe Alexandra striker Callum Saunders. Following a successful loan spell at Port Vale last season, he caught the eye of newly promoted League One outfit Shrewsbury Town. The Welsh Under-21 international joins The Greenhous Meadow for £100,000.

Other transfer news involves the completed loan exits of Miles Mason to Exeter, Paul Lamb to Woodford United and John Butler to Thrapston.
Love a good squad clean out, hopefully Posinkovic comes in and makes an impact!
Really hope Posinkovic comes through for you mate, should be a good signing!
Some great signings by the look of it, looking forward to see what they bring to Bradford PA :)

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