Bradford Coty, Bradford City secure striker deal amid Premier League attention

Bradford City secure striker deal amid Premier League attention

Bradford City have handed Harry Ibbitson his first professional contract despite Premier League attention, as confirmed by their official club website.

Bradford City have tied down the youngster on an initial one-year deal. They are preparing for another year in League Two under former Salford City and MK Dons boss Graham Alexander.

Bradford Coty, Bradford City secure striker deal amid Premier League attention
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Ibbitson, 18, will be looking to break into their first-team in the near future. According to reporter Alan Nixon on his Patreon page, he has attracted interest from some unnamed top flight clubs ahead of this summer.

In this latest update regarding his situation at Valley Parade though, the Yorkshire outfit have announced that he has put pen-to-paper with them which is a boost. Gabriel Wadsworth and Zac Hadi have also signed similar contracts.

Ibbitson scored a whopping 31 goals for the Bantams’ Under-19’s side this past term and won their Neil Matthews Academy Player of the Year award.

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Bradford Coty, Bradford City secure striker deal amid Premier League attention

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Bradford City secure deal

Ibbitson is a name for Bradford City fans to keep an eye out for down the line as he looks to force his way into the senior picture.

He is yet to play for Alexander’s side but could be involved over pre-season as they prepare for the 2024/25 campaign.

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Bradford Coty, Bradford City secure striker deal amid Premier League attention
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The Bantams have provided a pathway for academy players like Bobby Pointon and Noah Wadsworth recently and Ibbitson could be the next to make the step up.

Retaining his services amid interest from elsewhere is a shrewd move and his chances of senior football are much greater in the fourth tier as opposed to if he left for a higher league.

What next for Bradford City?

Bradford City have the chance to further bolster their ranks over the coming months as they look to add more quality to their ranks.

They have already delved into the market to bring in midfielder Antoni Sarcevic and defender Neill Byrne fresh off the back of their promotion with Stockport County.

The Bantams have already published their retained list and have confirmed that Dylan Youmbi, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Harry Chapman, Harvey Rowe, Heath Richardson, Isaac Robinson, Liam Ridehalgh, Luke Hendrie, Matt Derbyshire, Noah Wadsworth and Sam Bentley have been released.

Ibbitson won’t be joining them in heading out the exit door and remains on the books at Bradford City as they look to gain promotion next year to League One. They have recently finished in 9th place, a point outside the play-offs.

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