Bradford City have confirmed that goalkeeper Sam Hornby has joined National League side AFC Fylde on a loan deal until January.
The 24-year-old joined Bradford on a free transfer this summer after leaving Port Vale and has made two appearances for the Bantams so far, one in the League Cup and one in the EFL Trophy, conceding five goals.
The shot-stopper has had to settle for a place on the bench in League Two so far though and Bradford manager Gary Bowyer has decided to send him out on loan to allow him to gain more experience.
AFC Fylde have struggled so far this season and are currently 19th in the National League, just one point above the relegation zone, and have lost their last three matches.
Hornby will be determined to make an impact at his new club and could make his debut in the home game against Chesterfield on Tuesday night.
Richard O’Donnell has been Bradford’s first-choice goalkeeper so far this season and has kept four clean sheets in twelve league appearances for the Bantams.
This seems like a smart move. Hornby is a decent goalkeeper, but he probably isn’t going to get too many opportunities for Bradford this season ahead of the experienced O’Donnell.
Sending him out on loan will hopefully allow him to experience regular first-team football and he’ll be determined to make an impact at his new club and convince Bowyer that he deserves a chance in the team at Bradford.
AFC Fylde have the worst defensive record in the National League, having conceded 29 goals in 15 matches, so Hornby has a real opportunity to make a name for himself if he can go there and start keeping clean sheets.