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6 January 2015

Club News


6 January 2015

Bantams winger Filipe Morais says he delighted to commit his long-term future to the football club after penning a new two-and-a-half year contract at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Following the expiry of his previous deal after the thrilling 3-3 draw with Millwall in the F.A Cup on Saturday, Morais signed a fresh contract this Tuesday to keep him with the Bantams until the end of June 2017.

Despite interest elsewhere for his services, Morais says Bradford were always his number one choice when it came to choosing where his future lay.

At 29 years-old, Morais is arguably entering his prime years as a footballer. With the Portuguese playmaker also currently engaged, the player himself was keen to put down some secure roots at one club.

Having been won over by Bradford City as a club and its loyal supporters over the past few months that he has been here, Morais is confident this is the right place for him to be at.

Morais said: "Bradford is the perfect club for me at the moment.

"There were some other bits of interest in me, which I supposed showed I had been playing well recently, but all I ever wanted to do really was agreed terms and sign on again with Bradford.

"I have never been as close with a club as I have been here.

"With the fans, the chairmen, the manager, the backroom staff and the other lads, it feels like we have a real bond and a relationship. It is all really nice to get on with everyone.

"It is a lovely club to be at and I am really enjoying my time here so far.

"I am really grateful to everyone at the club who has played a part in giving me this contract.

"I want to be here for a very long time, even beyond this contract.

"I want to settle down with my family on a personal level and the club here on the footballing side of things is fantastic club, so this deal ticked a lot of boxes for me.

"Everything has just gone hand in hand really. It is the perfect opportunity for me and I wasn't prepared to let that opportunity go.

"After perhaps jumping from club to club a bit earlier in my career, I really want to stay with one club now and achieve things with Bradford.

"This is the perfect opportunity to do so now, and I can't wait to kick on and achieve things here because the club really deserves it."

News of Morais' new contract will undoubtedly have been music to the ears for virtually all Bradford City supporters.

Playing a significant role in City's current ten-game unbeaten run, Morais has become a fans' favourite due to his energetic and exciting performances.

Far from rest on his laurels though having earned his fresh deal at the Coral Windows Stadium, Morais actually hopes fans will get to see even more from him in the months to come.

Morais added: "When I first came to the club, it took me a while to get into the team.

"When I got my chance though, I told myself that I wasn't going to let it slip away.

"I just want to go from strength to strength now. I would love to get even better.

"I think there is still even further to come from me.

"At home especially, I think the fans can still see even better performances from me - I definitely feel there is a lot extra to come.

"I want to push on now and show more and more in games.

"I looking for more goals, more assists, and really to achieve something this season."

As a former Millwall and Chelsea player, Morais was an interested spectator as Monday's televised F.A Cup fourth round draw saw the winners of City's replay with Ian Holloway's Lions handed a mouth-watering trip to Stamford Bridge.

With City currently fifth in League 1 and facing another important league encounter against Rochdale at the Coral Windows Stadium this coming Saturday, Morais was keen to stress that the Bantams will be taking it one game at a time.

Morais continued: "Yesterday (Monday) was a great day for me.

"We'd agreed the new deal and then I go home to watch the draw and see Chelsea picked out to play either Millwall or Bradford.

"I was obviously over the moon but we don't really want to talk about it too much just yet.

"We are doing well with our recent form in the league and we really, really want to push on with that.

"As a player, you can't get carried away and you can only look to the next game.

"It is clearly a big incentive for us going into that replay but we know that Millwall will be keen to win through as well."

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