Bradford City defenders Matt Kilgallon and Nathaniel Knight-Percival have both signed one-year contract extensions, keeping them at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Knight-Percival, 30, and Kilgallon, 33, both joined the club last year and have made 54 and 13 appearances respectively.

Kilgallon started his professional career at fellow Yorkshire club Leeds United after coming through the youth ranks and went on to make 80 appearances over 5 years with the club. With Leeds needing the funds, Kilgallon was sold to Sheffield United for a total fee of £2m in January 2017 but had to wait until March to make his first appearance. The centre-half enjoyed a good few seasons with the Blades after their relegation from the Premiership and was ever-present in their defence, earning himself the club Player Of The Season accolade for his performances over the 2008-09 season.

Sunderland acquired Kilgallon’s services in January 2010 but he fell out of favour with Manager Steve Bruce and spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers. Kilgallon spent another 2 years with the Black Cats before completing a move to Blackburn Rovers in July 2013.

Kilgallon joined Bradford in the Summer of 2016 and has made 13 appearances to date, scoring 1 goal.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival started his career with non-league Histon FC and played there for 6 years, making 186 appearances. His fantastic form didn’t go unnoticed and Wrexham offered the player a chance to turn professional, which he gladly took. During his first season at the Welsh club, Knight-Percival played mainly as a striker and a winger but was moved to central defence the following season.

Impressive performances at Wrexham lead to the now-centre back’s move to Peterborough United where he spent arguably his best playing days. Despite this, he didn’t get off to the best of starts when he scored an own goal on his debut in a second-round cup loss to Reading. 2 years and 46 appearances later, Knight-Percival moved to Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in 2014 but was ruled out for most of the season with an ACL injury. Major departures over the summer saw the centre back regain his playing position and eventually become captain.

Knight-Percival move to Bradford on a free transfer in 2016 and has made 54 appearances since, scoring 2 goals.


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