Bradford City head coach Gary Bowyer has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he wants to sign Paudie O’Connor on loan next season.

This is the second time that O’Connor has played for Bowyer, the first time being a stint with Blackpool which the former Blackburn Rovers manager initiated. This time, O’Connor was already at the club before Bowyer got there but he only became a regular for the Bantams when he became the head coach. And even though this has been a miserable year for the West Yorkshire club, they are bottom of Sky Bet League One and have been relegated, O’Connor has been one of their better performers.

That’s why Bowyer has said that they will be making an offer to sign him again in the summer. They are preparing for life in Sky Bet League Two and O’Connor could be a great addition to help them get promoted back to the third tier.

He said: “Paudie’s a good character. When I did my homework in the summer when I was bringing him (to Blackpool), I spoke to the appropriate people.”

“They all gave him glowing references. They all told me what a good lad he was, what a good character and certainly what a good player. He’s competitive and for someone so young he talks ever so well.”

“He’s a good organiser and I had no problems giving him the captain’s armband. I spoke to him on Sunday about it. But I’m going to shut up now talking about him because I don’t want anybody to take him in the summer, bar us.”