Bradford City’s preparations for life in League Two have begun, after the club announced their first signing of the summer transfer window, agreeing a two year deal for Accrington Stanley defender Ben Richards-Everton.
???? BREAKING NEWS | We have kick-started our summer recruitment drive after completing the signing of defender @RicoEverton!
— Bradford City (@officialbantams) May 16, 2019
The 27-year-old defender made 55 appearances and scored two goals in all competitions during his time at Accrington, and helped the club to the League Two title last season.
Speaking to the club’s official website after confirming his deal, Richards-Everton said: “I am absolutely delighted to be here. When I first found out about the interest, I spoke to Gary (Bowyer) and was keen to come and sign for such a fantastic club.
“I played against Bradford last season, for Accrington, and the stature of the club was clear to see. It shouldn’t be in this position, going into League Two, but the manger will get the right players in and we will look to move straight back up.”
The Bantams will be looking for an immediate return to League One next season, having finished bottom of the third tier following a dismal campaign that saw them lose 27 of their 46 league games.
Taking to Twitter to react to the news of Richards-Everton’s signing, a number of Bradford fans appeared pleased with the club’s first piece of business in the summer transfer window.
Here are some of the best of those reactions…
This time last season it took 7 weeks to get a manager, now we’ve signed a player one day after the window.
— Andy (@NorthernMonkeh1) May 16, 2019
Looking forward to hearing the ???? sound again soon with more signings & transfers.
Well done Gary @gbowyer22 & team so far…
— Bradford Lives (@Bradford_Lives) May 16, 2019
Great to see we are starting our recruitment drive early
— Ash (@Ashh1390) May 16, 2019
— Dilshad Khan (@Dilshad2Khan) May 16, 2019
Seems a solid signing ???????? welcome to the madhouse!
— Ashton (@ashton_lee93) May 16, 2019
Strong, athletic centre back. Early in the market great to see
— Gavin (@TheBantams1983) May 16, 2019
A leader ????????????????
— Rob Beezley (@Robbeezley) May 16, 2019
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Welcome to the club pal good luck a new start new era bring on 19/20 season can’t wait
— St Peter ๙๙๙ (@Mrpeter555) May 16, 2019