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Folan agrees City move

28 September 2013

The Bantams are set to add to their attacking options by completing a deal to bring powerful forward Caleb Folan to the football club.

Folan, 30, has penned a short term deal which will keep him at the Coral Windows Stadium until the end of December.

The Leeds-born striker, who has trained with City on occasions already this season, will join on a free transfer after leaving Malaysian Super League side T-Team earlier this year.

His move to City will be officially completed once the striker receives international clearance following his previous spell in Malaysia.

As a result, Folan will not be available for selection for this Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 encounter with Shrewsbury Town at Valley Parade.

The 6' 2'' attacker will wear squad number 19 for this season once his move to City is confirmed.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson said: "Caleb is a powerful striker who will add a different option to our front line.

"He has been playing his football abroad for the last couple of years and he is now very keen to rebuild his reputation back in this country.

"He has looked great for us in training and we look forward to working with him on a more permanent basis now.

"We've been looking for someone to give us that little bit extra competition up front and Caleb gives us that.

"He has the strength to be a real handful for defenders to deal with."

Before his time with T-Team, Folan enjoyed a spell in America with Colorado Rapids back in 2011.

Despite his spells in Malaysia and the USA, Folan has previously spent most of his career making a name for himself in English football.

After impressing for Chesterfield during the early years of his career, Folan earned himself a move to Wigan Athletic for a fee of £500,000.

Folan continued to catch the eye with his powerful forward play upon his arrival at Wigan, so much so, Hull City agreed to pay £1 million for his services in 2007.

The giant forward helped Hull into the Premier League in his first full campaign as a Tiger before going onto make several appearances for the club in the top flight the following season.

Folan worked alongside City assistant Steve Parkin and midfielder Nathan Doyle during his time with Hull.

After qualifying through his grandparents, Folan has also picked up seven caps for the Republic of Ireland so far in his career to go with his Premiership experience.

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