Bradford City, Bradford City deem Mark Hughes signing surplus to requirements

Bradford City deem Mark Hughes signing surplus to requirements

Bradford City are poised to offload Ash Taylor this summer, as per a report by the Telegraph & Argus.

Bradford City have deemed the centre-back surplus to requirements as they prepare for the 2024/25 League Two season. The Yorkshire side missed out on the play-offs last term and will be aiming for promotion to League One next year.

Bradford City, Bradford City deem Mark Hughes signing surplus to requirements
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Taylor, 33, is under contract at Valley Parade until the summer of 2025 meaning he still has over year left on his deal. However, he has slipped down the pecking order over recent times under former Salford City and MK Dons boss Graham Alexander.

In this latest update regarding his situation by the Telegraph & Argus, he has been told he has ‘no future’ at Bradford City and will be allowed to head out the exit door over the next couple of months. He has been made available for transfer for other teams to swoop in.

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Cutting ties with Taylor would be a sensible decision by the Bantams as they gear up for the next campaign.

The veteran has fallen out of favour and there is no point having him on the books if he isn’t going to play very much.

Bradford City, Bradford City deem Mark Hughes signing surplus to requirements
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He was brought in by former manager Mark Hughes last year to add more competition and depth to their defensive department.

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However, he has since struggled for game time and has made only 17 competitive appearances, 12 of which have come in the league.

Taylor is an experienced player and has racked up over 550 games in his career to date so could be an attractive proposition for other clubs needing a new defender.

The ex-Wales youth international rose up through the ranks at Tranmere Rovers and has since had spells at Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Walsall and Kilmarnock.

What next for Bradford City?

Bradford City need to claw themselves back into the third tier and a club of their size should not be in the bottom division.

Alexander’s side ended this past campaign in decent form and will need to carry that momentum into the next one.

Taylor’s time with them appears to be coming to an end soon and his impending departure would free up space and funds to bring in other reinforcements to add more quality and depth to their ranks.

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