The Bantams are in and amongst it in the League Two play-off race but have had a quiet month so far.
Their second signing of the January transfer window was announced this afternoon, with Bradford securing a permanent deal with Barnsley for Mottley-Henry, who has signed a contract until the end of the season.
A product of the Yorkshire club’s academy, the 22-year-old began his career at Bradford and made two senior appearances before moving to Barnsley in 2016.
The winger made just one appearance for the Tykes and has spent the past few seasons out on loan, with his most successful spell coming at Tranmere Rovers.
Mottley-Henry rejoins his boyhood club in time for consideration for the trip to face Oldham Athletic on Saturday and will wear the number 32 shirt.
Speaking to the club website, the 22-year-old revealed his excitement at returning to the club.
He said: “It feels great to be back here–where I started my career–and a little bit surreal.
“I am delighted to have re-signed for the club and there is definitely a feeling of unfinished business.
“I look forward to kicking on and performing as well as I possibly can.”
Bradford boss Gary Bowyer revealed what he believes Mottley-Henry will add to his squad.
He said: “He brings a lot of pace and power, which you cannot have enough of in a football club. We are delighted to be able to welcome him.”
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This deal makes a lot of sense for all parties involved.
Mottley-Henry failed to make an impact at Barnsley, so moving somewhere for a fresh start seems the right move.
As does taking the step down into League Two, a level he has performed consistently at in the past.
The 22-year-old will undoubtedly be looking to kick-start his career at Bradford.
He is far from a guaranteed success, hence the short-term contract, but he could provide them with the boost they need in their promotion push.