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23 June 2021

Club News


23 June 2021

Bradford City AFC is delighted to announce the signing of left-back Liam Ridehalgh, on a two-year deal. 

The experienced defender arrives at the Utilita Energy Stadium after eight seasons at Tranmere Rovers, where he enjoyed two promotion campaigns. 

Halifax-born Ridehalgh graduated from the Huddersfield Town academy in 2010 - having joined the club in 2003. 

He has also served loan spells at Rotherham United, Swindon Town and Chesterfield. 

Ridehalgh said: “I am really glad to have got the deal done. I cannot wait to get going and am really looking forward to the season ahead.

“Bradford City is a massive football club. I am local to the area and know exactly what both the supporters and manager require.

“I played against a Derek Adams team in the play-offs last season. His sides are hard working and strong mentally, so I know what is expected.

“We are in League Two at the moment, but I know our aim is to go further than this division. 

“It is clearly an ambitious football club. The new manager has come in and has past experience of getting promoted from this league. There are a few players in the camp who have been there and done it as well.

“I think this is a Championship club, so hopefully this year we can be right up there in the league.”

Bantams boss Derek Adams said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Liam on board as our fifth new recruit of the summer. 

“When I first arrived at the club, he was one of the very first names on our list, so to have got the deal completed ahead of pre-season is hugely encouraging. 

“He is a well-cultured player with plenty of quality and experience at left-back, having played close to 400 games in his career. 

“Liam is from around the area and lives locally, so is well aware of what this football club means and what is required to represent it. 

“We welcome him to Bradford City, and are looking forward to seeing him in action when we begin pre-season training next week.”

Ridehalgh will be sponsored by Urban Esquire for the 2021/22 season. His signing is subject to the relevant EFL and FA clearances. 

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