Sky Bet Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers have today confirmed the signing of right back Stephen Darby. The defender, who was released by Bradford City after five years this summer, has penned a two-year contract at the Macron Stadium.

Darby, aged 28, again links up with manager Phil Parkinson, who originally signed him whilst at former club Bradford. During his time at Valley Parade, the hard working full back played over 200 times for the Bantams, earning a reputation for being a big fans’ favourite.

The player came through the ranks at Liverpool as a youngster, having loan spells with Swindon Town, Notts County and Rochdale whilst contracted to the Premier League giants. Speaking on his latest move, he says he cannot wait to get started,

“I’m delighted to sign for Bolton Wanderers. It is such a big club and I can’t wait to get going.

“I’m really pleased that everything is sorted now and I’m looking forward to joining up with the lads ahead of an exciting season.”

As for Parkinson, he is adamant that Darby will have an important role to play over the course of the season with the Trotters,

“I’m pleased with the signing of Stephen who is a player I have worked with previously.

“He is a good character and is a great addition to the squad for the season ahead.”

Darby was part of the Bradford side which almost won promotion last season. He did help them get out of Sky Bet League Two back in 2013, his first season with the club. They would also reach the League Cup Final during that time too.

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