Matthew Kilgallon Extends Contract

Matthew Kilgallon Extends City Contract

Bradford City have this morning confirm that Matthew Kilgallon has signed a one-year contract extension and will remain at Valley Parade until the end of the 2017/18 season. Kilgallon joined the club in August 2016 and although his season the was interrupted by a lengthy spell on the sidelines he managed 12 appearances.

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The former Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland man will be part of Stuart McCall’s squad once again for this coming campaign. Speaking after signing his new contract Kilgallon said, “I’m really happy to sign a new contract here and I’m glad that it has all been sorted out now.  It plays on your mind a bit when you’re away and you start to wonder what is happening, but the chairman said he really wants me to stay.

Last season for me was disappointing for me personally.  I didn’t have a pre-season and I came in late and the lads in the team were doing really well.  I was really happy for them but I couldn’t get in the team because of the way they were playing.  I eventually got into the team at centre half and then got injured, but when I came back, they saw enough to know that I can be a big help to this club.

We’ve lost some players during the summer but the club are bringing players into the club. Some really good players were brought into the club last summer and I’m sure that will be the case again this summer.  We’ve got good players here and we’ve got good strikers who can score goals, I believe we can push on and have another good season.

As players we know the aim is to get out of this division and I heard that 19,000 season tickets have been sold, which is crazy.  We’ll have brilliant backing again and we know what we’ve got to do this season to be successful.”

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Clarets Transfer Targets

Burnley Transfer Targets

There have been a number of players linked with the Clarets this summer and currently it is rumoured that Sean Dyche is chasing the following players for the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.  There have been a number of links to the left-back position and of course should Michael Keane move away from Turf Moor this summer the centre-back position would be a target for Sean Dyche.

The Clarets boss is also looking to strengthen the midfield areas with the departure of George Boyd and Joey Barton and there has been a lack of goals for the Clarets so a new striker at the club is something that is needed over the summer.

Both Burnley and Newcastle United are believed to be interested in signing Liverpool and England U20 World Cup winning winger Sheyi Ojo on a season long loan.  Ojo has made 2 appearances for Liverpool last season and 11 appearances for Wolves in a successful loan period.

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Ojo is facing a lack of first-team opportunities at Liverpool next season and set to be loaned out to continue his development.  Ojo became English football’s most expensive 14 year-old when he joined Liverpool from MK Dons in 2011 for £2m.

The Clarets have so far been linked to as least three left-backs over the summer with Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) and Joe Bryan (Bristol City) all of which are looking for a move away from their current teams this summer.

There has also been speculation around a swop deal with Everton Football Club that would see Michael Keane trandfer to Everton and midfielder James McCarthy join the irish team mates at Turf Moor.

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The club has also been linked with former Claret striker Jay Rodriguez although West Bromwich Albion look favourites to sign him for £12M from Southampton.

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McArdle Joins The Irons

Rory McArdle Joins Scunthorpe United on a Free Transfer

Bradford City have this afternoon confirmed that Rory McArdle has signed a three year contract with Sky Bet League Scunthorpe United following the expiry of his contract here at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

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McArdle arrived at Valley Parade in June 2012 after leaving Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. The Sheffield-born Northern Ireland international defender went on to make 231 appearances for the Bantams and scored 15 goals, including some memorable goals against Aston Villa, Northampton Town and Fleetwood Town.

Part of the ‘History Makers’ team from the unforgettable 2012/13 campaign, he featured in three Wembley fixtures for Bradford City  against Swansea City, Northampton Town and Millwall, which included a League Cup Final and two Play-Off Finals.

The likeable Yorkshireman he has very much played his part in helping a team that had just scraped League Two survival become an established and progressive team in Sky Bet League One.

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Settle v Oswaldtwistle

Settle Cricket Club v Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Senior League)

Settle Cricket Club arrived at Marshfield looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season in the Ribblesdale Senior League against Lancashire rivals Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club.  The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl with their Sri Lankan professional  bowler Merennage Akshu Prihan Fernando.

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Settle had another strong performance as a number of players reached double figures, Fawad Alam top scored with 67, Tom Davidson (30), Jack Harrison (18), Sadran Ward (16) and Will Davidson (15) as Settle made 175 in 45 overs with the loss of 7 wickets.

Niall Heyes took the most wickets for the visitor with 3 for 69 runs whilst Matthew Cook took 2 for 23.  Oswaldtwistle’s professional bowler Merennage Akshu Prihan Fernando proved a little expensive with just 1 wicket for 44 runs and Liam Hickson took the final wicket for 39 runs.

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Settle came out after the tea break and destroyed Oswaldtwistle with some outstanding bowling from Alam, Ward and Whyte whilst the team was excellent in the field stopping the visitors from scoring and adding pressure onto the batsman.

After just six overs the visitors were 23 for 4 and this form continued through the team until captain Daniel Metcalf top scored with 18 runs built a last man partnership with Mike Groom that added 30 runs.

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Oswaldtwistle ended the innings on 69 all out from just 22.5 overs, the result gives Settle 12 points and keeps them 5 points clear at the top of the Ribblesdale Senior League. Next week see’s Settle travel to Cherry Tree Cricket Club as they look to continue their winning start to the season.

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Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – T.Davidson, Strickland, W.Davidson, R.Davidson, Lockett, Ward, Whyte, J.Davidson, Harrison, Hodgson, Alam

Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club – Metcalf, Howard, Heyes, Dignan, Pomfret, Hickson, Payne, Martin, Cook, Groom, Fernando

Umpires – Mike Bridges, Keith Clayton

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City Winger Joins Charlton Athletic

Mark Marshall Signs for Charlton Athletic

Bradford City have today confirm that winger Mark Marshall has signed a two-year contract with Charlton Athletic and will leave Valley Parade when his current contract at Bradford City expires on the 1st July 2017.

Marshall, becomes Charlton’s second signing of the summer with his former teammate Billy Clarke penning a deal with the club last week.  Both players were a crucial part in the Bradford City side that missed out on promotion to the Championship this year in a heart-breaking play-off final.

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Marshall enjoyed a particularly good season with six goals and nine assists in the league as he won Bradford’s Player of the Year award.  His successful season wasn’t just limited to goals and assists.  He had more crosses than anyone else in Sky Bet League One last season 261 crosses ahead of second place Filipe Morais on 182.

Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson said, “He’s a very good League One player and someone we have been after he is one of our main targets.  He’s somebody that over the last two seasons has come of age.  He’s gone to Bradford City and become one of the most effective wingers in the division.  When you look at him and Billy Clarke they were a massive part behind the success of Bradford City last season.

Speaking about the move to Charlton Marshall said, “It’s a dream come true, as a youth player you always want to play for a local team. Being back home and being around a big club with a big history.  I’m looking to come and hit the ground running.  It’s one of the teams I grew up in and around and you always want to be a part of it.”

The Jamaican-born played his first competitive game for Grays Athletic in the 2007-08 season. He subsequently played for Eastleigh, Swindon Town, Hereford United, Barnet, Coventry City and Port Vale before joining Bradford in 2015.

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Clarets Coach Takes Management Post

Michael Jolley Takes Management Job in Sweden

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that the clubs Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Michael Jolley has left the club to become manager of Swedish top-flight side AFC Eskilstuna.  He ends a three year stay as coach of the Clarets’ under-23 development side to become a senior manager for the first time.

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As well as working with the Clarets’ young professionals and helping striker Dan Agyei and midfielder Aiden O’Neill progress to first-team level at Turf Moor, Jolley has also been involved in the successful upgrade of the club’s Academy to Category 2 status under the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan.

Speaking about his move Michael Jolley said, “The opportunity to become a manager in my own right is one that I simply could not turn down. It’s big challenge for me to test myself in a different football culture. I hope that I can apply some of the lessons I have learnt from working here at Burnley in the Swedish Premier League.

I am incredibly grateful to Sean Dyche, his staff, and all the people at Burnley Football Club for three fantastic years at this unique football club.  “The manager has been a huge influence on me and it has been a privilege to serve as a member of his staff.  I have been fortunate to work with some fantastic young players and some outstanding staff, notably my assistant Andy Farrell, during my time at Burnley.

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I think we have made some genuine progress in the last three years with regard to young players graduating to the first team, or playing league football on loan, and the club is perfectly placed to build on this with the achievement of Category 2.”

Jolley is set to be unveiled at a press conference to be staged by AFC Eskilstuna in Sweden on Tuesday afternoon.

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Heaton Starts for England

Burnley Goalkeeper Starts for England

England boss Gareth Southgate said Tom Heaton’s ‘outstanding season’ is why the Clarets captain has been picked to start for the Three Lions against France.  Burnley No.1 will make his first England start in the Pairs friendly before Stoke City’s Jack Butland takes on the goalkeeping duties for the second half.

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Heaton takes over from Joe Hart who came under criticism for both goals as he conceded against Scotland in the weekend 2-2 draw. But Southgate insisted he had always intended to share game time between Heaton and Butland against France.

Southgate said: “I said on Saturday it was never my intention to play Joe in this game, so Tom Heaton will start the game. Tom’s had an outstanding season in the Premier League with Burnley. We’ve got to maintain the squad environment that people feel involved, we need to give players an opportunity of game time.

I think in the past one or two goalkeepers have sort of given up international football because they’ve not had that chance, so I’m conscious of keeping people involved.  Jack is coming back from a long lay-off and was the number two before that but hasn’t had the amount of game time, but we think he can challenge for the number one slot moving forward.”

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Heaton kept 10 clean sheets for Burnley in the Premier League last season and made a league high number of saves 141.  His England debut came as a late substitute against Australia ahead of last summer’s European Championships before be played the second half of a friendly draw with Spain at Wembley in November last year.

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