Bradford City AFC has beaten off competition from across the EFL to complete the signing of experienced striker Vadaine Oliver - on a three-year deal.
The 30-year-old frontman arrives at Valley Parade after penning a long-term contract keeping him at the club until at least the summer of 2025.
Oliver has spent the past two seasons at Gillingham, netting 27 Sky Bet League One goals in 77 starts and finishing both 2020/21 and 2021/22 as the Kent outfit’s top scorer. He signed for the Gills in August 2020, after helping Northampton Town to promotion from League Two.
Born in Sheffield, the 6ft 3ins forward began his career at Sheffield Wednesday having started in the Owls’ academy. He would go on to serve spells at Lincoln City, Crewe Alexandra, Morecambe and York City, in addition to loan stints at Notts County and Mansfield Town.
Oliver said: “I had a meeting with the gaffer and Ryan Sparks, and it was really just about their ambitions for the club and what they want to achieve.
“I was in contact with other clubs in higher leagues, but wanted to be a part of this, and am on board with the vision.
“The last time I played in League Two, I won promotion with Northampton Town. I am looking to get another promotion under my belt and be a part of something here, and I think that can be done.
“The club’s ambitions match my own, and even though it is a drop down in the level I am playing at now, I do not think it will be in the long term.
“I am looking to score goals and add my experience to the team to influence the dressing room positively. I am aware of the size and stature of the club, and being a part of it is special. I cannot wait to get started.”
City manager Mark Hughes said: “Vadaine’s arrival is one we are extremely excited about, and we are delighted to be welcoming him to the club.
“With plenty of experience in the EFL and promotion on his CV, he arrives on a long-term contract determined to succeed at this club.
“He carries plenty of attributes which give us options in our play and makes him a threat to any defence in the division.
“As a local lad, he is aware of the expectation playing for a club like this comes with, and wants to be a part of bringing pride to the local community.
“I am sure you will join me I wishing Vadaine a warm welcome, and are looking forward to seeing him soon.”
Oliver will be sponsored by Smith Butler for the 2022/23 season, with his signing subject to the relevant EFL and FA clearances.