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Ex-Huddersfield Town defender Clarke makes Bradford debut

New Bradford signing Nathan Clarke made his debut in the Bantams’ 1-0 friendly defeat at Whitby last night.

The experienced centre-half, 31, joins the club on a free transfer from Leyton Orient. His arrival, on a free transfer, is the sixth signing made by boss Phil Parkinson this summer.

New Bradford signing Nathan Clarke in action

New Bradford signing Nathan Clarke in action. Picture from Bradford City’s Twitter feed

Clarke, who has signed a one-year-contract with Bradford, is no stranger to West Yorkshire. He made 300 appearances for rivals Huddersfield Town, where he came through the youth system, making his debut at just 17.

Clarke said: “Having played against a lot of the players here, I know they are a great bunch of lads. I just can’t wait to get involved now.

“All of my career has been played at League 1 level so I hope I can bring that experience to the team. Playing for Huddersfield previously and being from this area, I know the size of Bradford already.

“The support the club gets and the size of the stadium – I’m just glad I’m part of it now.”

As part of the deal, Bradford have the option to extend Clarke’s contract for a further 12 months. The centre-half possesses a formidable long-throw which is a frequent attacking weapon.

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