Bradford City Defender Joins Crawley Town

Crawley Town Sign Romain Vincelot

Crawley Town have today confirmed the signing of defender Romain Vincelot on a two year contract from Sky Bet League One club Bradford City.  Born in France, he began his career at Chamois Niortais before signing for Dagenham & Redbridge in the UK.

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The experienced defender, who can also play in midfield, had spells with Brighton & Hove Albion and Gillingham before joining Leyton Orient in 2013 where he made over 80 appearances. He signed for Bradford City in 2016 and went onto make 77 appearances for the Bantams whilst also captained the club.

Speaking about the signing Head Coach Harry Kewell said, “I’ am really looking forward to working with Romain and he is looking forward to a new challenge here at Crawley.”

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Former City Winger Joins Crawley Town

Filipe Morais Joins Crawley Town

Crawley Town have today confirmed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Filipe Morais on a three-year contract.  Morais joins the club as a free agent after his contract with Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers expired last month.

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Morais, has a wealth of experience in the British game going back 13 years to his time at Chelsea as a trainee, he has also played for his national team twice with Portugal’s U21’s.  Whilst at Stamford Bridge he had loan spells with MK Dons, Millwall and St Johnstone before he joined Hibernian on a free transfer in 2007.

He had two seasons at Easter Road making 36 appearances before finishing the 2008-09 season at Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The following  year he made 33 appearances in his second spell at St Johnstone before heading back south for two seasons in Sky Bet League One at Oldham Athletic., before heading to Stevenage Borough to make another 66 appearance.

Morais, then joined Bradford City in Sky Bet League One where the playmaker made 71 appearances, scoring 5 goals for the club the most famous of which against his former club and manager at Stamford Bridge to knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup.  He then linked up with his former Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson at Bolton Wanderers, for whom he made 56 appearances for in 18 months, including 37 last season in the Championship as Bolton survived on the final day of the season.

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Speaking about the signing Head Coach Harry Kewell said, “Filipe is a tremendous acquisition for us, he was excellent for Bolton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship last season and when he was released my assistant Warren Feeney, who knows him well, was in touch straight away.  It has been on the boil for a few weeks now and the club has shown their ambition with this signing.

He is a playmaker that can play anywhere across midfield and has contributed 42 goals to his previous clubs in 390 appearances.  He is excellent on the ball and is a real threat at set pieces. With Romain Vincelot signing as well it has been a very good day for us and I hope shows to our supporters that we are really looking to build on the progress we made last season.”

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Former Guiseley Midfielder Joins AFC Barrow

AFC Barrow Sign Lee Molyneux

AFC Barrow have today confirmed the signing of midfielder Lee Molyneux on a free transfer from Vanarama National league North side Guiseley AFC.  Having joined the Lions in August 2017, he went on to make 20 appearances, scoring 2 goals for the club before moving to Chorley on loan in the later stages of the season where he helped them reach the Vanarama National League North Play-Offs.

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Born on Merseyside, Molyneux spent his youth career at Everton before moving to Southampton where he made four first team appearances.  A loan spell at Port Vale followed before he joined Plymouth Argyle where he made a further 9 appearances.

In August 2012, he made the move to Accrington Stanley and had a highly successful season playing 39 times, scoring 8 goals.  This saw him catch the eye of Crewe Alexandra and the following summer he moved to Gresty Road on a two year contract, whilst there he had a loan spell at Rochdale before two spells back at Accrington Stanley.

A one year spell at Tranmere Rovers followed where he made 11 appearance before a summer move to Morecambe, which saw him make70 appearances, scoring 8 goals before dropping down to the Vanarama National League with Guiseley AFC last season.

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Former Bantams Keeper Joins Hearts

Hearts Sign Former City Goalkeeper Colin Doyle

Heart of Midlothian Football Club have today confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Colin Doyle on a two year contract at Tynecastle.  The Republic of Ireland International joins the club as a free agent following his release from Bradford City.

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Born in Cork, the 6’5” goalie started his professional career with Birmingham City in 2003 before going out on loan to Chester City, Nottingham Forest and Millwall. Having made 14 appearances for Millwall in 2005-06 season, he returned to Birmingham City the following season and featured 22 times for the first-team.

Doyle then moved to Blackpool and established himself as The Tangerines’ No.1 keeper making 35 appearances, before Bradford City released a trigger clause in his contract and he joined the Bantams in 2016.  He quickly became the No.1 goalkeeper at Bradford City and made a total of 88 appearances over two seasons, helping the club to the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium under Stuart McCall.

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Clarets Interested In Mawson

Sean Dyche Showing Interest In Alfie Mawson

According to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Burnley Football Club are interested in signing Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson.  The defender stood out last season in a side that were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship and Mawson is certainly better than Championship standard and would get a starting place in most Premier League teams.

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Swansea City signed him from Sky Bet League One side Barnsley where he made 50 appearances for the club scoring 9 goals in an impressive spell that earned him a big move to the Premier League.  Mawson has gone on to make 71 appearances, scoring 7 goals for the Swans, whilst only picking up four yellow cards which is remarkable for a defender.

How strong Burnley’s interest actually is isn’t clear yet but it has been confirmed that there is at least some interest. How much he would cost is also unclear at the moment but current value is around £13 million, but given he’s a young English defender with lots of potential, I would add another few million pounds onto his price tag.  A fee of around £20m would probably be more accurate.

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Bantams Chasing Man City Youngster

Bradford City Chasing Aaron Nemane

Sky Bet League One side Bradford City have given Manchester City winger Aaron Nemane a pre-season run out with a view to signing the twenty year old. Nemane was listed as a “Trialist” as the Bantams lost 1-0 to York City at Bootham Crescent this weekend.

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The Amiens-born youngster, who qualifies for both France and England was retained by Manchester City this summer, but it is thought he could exit the Etihad Stadium this year after two loan spells last season. The first was with Rangers in Scotland, but made only 5 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, leading to City recalling him in the winter.

However, he fared much better in Holland’s Eerste Divisie (second tier) with Go Ahead Eaglers, scoring twice in 17 league appearances during a spell at De Adelaarshorst.

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Former Claret Green Joins Chester

George Green Completes Move to Chester

Chester Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder George Green from Nuneaton Borough for an undisclosed fee.  Green started his career with Bradford City before an initial £300,000 move to Everton at the age of fifteen.

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His senior debut came whilst on loan at Tranmere Rovers scoring on his debut against AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League Two in March 2015.  Later that year he left Everton and had spells at Oldham Athletic and Ossett Albion before a move back to the Premier League to join Burnley.

Whilst at Burnley, he was loaned out to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League in 2016 and then Salford City in the Vanarama National League North were he worked with joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley in 2017.

At leaving Turf Moor he had a short three-month spell with FC Viking (Norway) before returning to the UK.  In February 2018, he joined Nuneaton and made 14 appearances scoring 2 goals during an impressive spell at the back-end of last season.

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