Bradford City have confirmed that keeper Jon McLaughlin has left the club after the expiry of his contract.
Phil Parkinson had recently signed Sunderland youngster Jordan Pickford on loan as McLaughlin’s replacement at Valley Parade.
The Scottish-born keeper had been involved with Bradford City during their pre-season preparations, including featuring in all three of the club’s pre-season friendlies. However the signing of Jordan Pickford has seemingly rendered McLaughlin surplus to requirements.
The 26 year-old joined the club from Harrogate in 2008 and was the club’s longest serving player before departing today. McLaughlin made 118 appearances in six seasons with Bradford, breaking into first-team in the 2010/11 season. McLaughlin also featured in every single league game for Bradford last season in League One.
Speaking to the club’s official website Bradford boss Phil Parkinson said: “Jon has been a great servant to the club, and we would have ideally liked to see him stay, but financial constraints mean it hasn’t been possible to strike a deal that is right for both parties.”