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Bradford City strengthen squad with agreement for 32 year-old

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Bradford City have strengthened their squad after announcing the signing of midfielder Chris Taylor on a short-term deal.

Taylor had been a free-agent since his departure from Blackpool at the end of last season, but has now signed a deal that is set to keep him at Valley Parade until the of January 2020 at the earliest.

The move is set to see Taylor re-unite with Bradford manager Gary Bowyer, who he previously played under at both Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool, with the midfielder – who started his career with seven years at Oldham – also representing Millwall and Bolton earlier in his time as a senior player.

Speaking to Bradford’s website after confirmation of the deal, Taylor said: “I am over the moon to be here, it has been a very long time coming.

“I have been impressed by the standards in training. The lads are doing really well at the minute.

“I am looking forward to knuckling down and, hopefully, playing a big part in the club having a successful year.”

Bowyer himself also appeared pleased to be reunited with Taylor, and speaking about his latest recruit, the Bradford boss added: “Chris comes in at a good time for us, after injuries for Matty Palmer, Jamie Devitt and Jordan Gibson.

“He gives us more options, as he can play anywhere in midfield and just off the front.

“Chris will bring a wealth of experience and provides great quality from set-pieces.”

Following their relegation from League One at the end of last season, Bradford have enjoyed a promising start to life back in League Two, with seven wins and three draws from their opening 13 league games putting them, third in the early fourth-tier standings.

Bowyer’s side are next in action on Saturday afternoon, when they host Crawley Town at Valley Parade.

The Verdict

I think this is a shrewd signing from Bradford.

Taylor has plenty of experience of higher-level football, so you feel that at 32-years-old, he should still have it in him to make an impact in League Two for Bowyer’s side.

That is something that will only be enhanced by the fact that he has worked with Bowyer previously, meaning the Bradford manager ought to know just how to get the best out of him.

It has been an encouraging start to life back in League Two for Bradford, and I think this is something that should only serve to enhance that further.

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