Bradford City have confirmed that three players are to leave the football club following the expiration of their existing contract. Bantams boss Stuart McCall has now released his retained list, which also sees a further six players offered extensions as well.
It was largely an excellent season for Bradford, who were always in and around the play-off positions this season. They went all the way to Wembley, but a late Steve Morison strike proved to be the difference between themselves and Millwall.
Undoubtedly the highest profile player to depart is right back Stephen Darby. He moves on after five years at the Northern Commercials Stadium. He played well over 200 times in a Bradford City shirt after signing on a free transfer back in 2012. He helped the club win promotion out of League Two in 2013 and also their run to the League Cup final too. The fans’ favourite made 29 appearances over the past season, with Tony McMahon often preferred at right back. Young keeper Joe Cracknell and 20-year-old defender James King also exit the club too.
Many key players have been offered extensions in the hope that they’ll stay. Tony McMahon, Rory McArdle and James Meredith, who form most of the first choice back four, are players that McCall wishes to keep and contracts have been offered. Former Leeds United man Matthew Kilgallon also fits into this category, along with cover goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier. Tricky winger Mark Marshall, who was a big reason why they reached the play-off final, completes the list of six names to be offered contract extensions.
Released: Stephen Darby, James King & Joe Cracknell.
Offered contracts: Mark Marshall, James Meredith, Rory McArdle, Matthew Kilgallon, Rouven Sattelaier & Tony McMahon.