Bradford City have tweeted to confirm that they have signed centre-half Paudie O’Connor from Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.

The young Irish Defender has spent the first half of this season on loan at Bloomfield Road with the Bantams fellow League One side Blackpool, and he actually featured last weekend against Premier League Arsenal last Saturday in the Seasiders FA Cup third round tie, which they lost 3-0.


O’Connor signed for Leeds United back in 2017 by Garry Monk, who is now managing at Birmingham City  – but has spent some time away on loan from Elland Road in order to help with his development.

The young defender will bring real talent to a Bantams back-line that solidified in recent weeks, after a torrid first few months this season, which saw Bradford City stuck down at the very bottom of the division.

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O’Connor is 21 and stands at 6 foot, 3 inches – which means he’ll be a real physical presence in the Bantams backline.

With the Bantams securing the signature of the young Irish defender, it would suggest that the club have given up in their chase for Celtic defender, Jack Hendry.

It was thought that Bantams manager David Hopkin was keen on the young Scottish centre-half, but with O’Connor being the central-defensive signing that the Bradford City fans were expecting their club to make during this transfer window, it looks as if they’ve given up in their chase for Hendry.

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It remains to be seen who else Bradford City will look to bring in during the transfer window, but with the club getting started early on, it could be an exciting window for Bradford City fans.

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