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25 June 2019

Club News


25 June 2019

City have completed the signing of former Premier League striker James Vaughan, who has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the club.

The 30-year-old becomes the Bantams’ ninth newcomer and arrives at the Northern Commercials Stadium, having spent last season on loan at Portsmouth from parent club Wigan.

Vaughan boasts a wealth of EFL experience, featuring for Birmingham, Huddersfield, Sunderland and Bury in recent years, and remains the youngest player to ever score a goal in the Premier League.

The Birmingham-born forward burst onto the scene back in 2005 and spent several seasons at Goodison Park, with top-flight Everton.

The former England youth international, who will be a Bantam until at least the end of the 2021/22 season, said: “I am excited to be sinking my teeth into this challenge - and helping get this club back to where it should be.

“I spoke to Gary Bowyer not long after last season had finished and from the moment he phoned me, I had a great feeling about the club and could not wait to get the move done.

“A three-year deal is a big commitment for the club and myself. Having spoken to the manager, I know I am joining a big, ambitious project - which is only moving forward.

“He wants me to be a bit of a leader on the pitch. I feel like I can help in the changing room and am looking forward to taking on this role.

“I am determined to put all my time and effort into this football club in order to try and be a part of something special.

“There is only one thing we can be aiming for this season really. And that is promotion.”

Gary Bowyer is thrilled to have secured the services of the former Norwich frontman, as his squad continues to take shape ahead of a packed pre-season schedule.

The City chief added: “This is a fantastic signing for us. Our supporters demand passion and pride and – along with his quality – James brings exactly that.

“He is a leader who sets very high standards, both on and off the pitch.

“James made it very clear he wanted to play for this club and our fans to me from the beginning.”

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