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Gary MacKenzie completes deadline-day move to Bradford City

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Gary MacKenzie looks set to get games under his belt with League One side Bradford City after he completed a loan move on deadline day. Will it save his Blackpool future? It is incredibly doubtful with his contract up at the end of the season.

With MacKenzie suffering from several injuries (mainly Achilles) since the end of last season, the 29-year-old has not featured for the Seasiders at all this season.

The central defender will be hoping that he can put the injury problems behind him for the Bantams as they push for promotion to the Championship.

League One offers chance of revival

MacKenzie joined Blackpool from MK Dons on loan initially and was a huge hit with fans, thanks to his composed nature at the back, which led to Blackpool signing the hard-nosed Scotsman permanently.

The Scottish international formed a strong partnership with fellow Scotsman Kirk Broadfoot and this helped Blackpool avoid relegation in 2012-13 despite a season where they had four managers (Ian Holloway, Michael Appleton, Paul Ince and Steve Thompson as caretaker twice).

MacKenzie was also part of the Blackpool side who had their best-ever start to league season, but then on the flip side, in the same season, went on a win-less streak of 19 games.

MacKenzie, who has just returned from injury, has found opportunities restricted with Lee Clark as he favours the new centre-back partnership between Peter Clarke and Darren O'Dea. 

The experienced defender would also be behind Nyron Nosworthy, Ryan Hall and new signing Tom Aldred in the pecking order at Bloomfield Road, which effectively game him little choice but to look elsewhere.

Blackpool, who only had 8 players at the start of the season, have used over 50 players this season.

MacKenzie will now join up with former Pool team mate Francois Zoko, who is also on loan at Bradford until the end of the season.

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