Bantams add talented teen

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Bradford City have signed a promising right back Andrew Burns on a two-year contract from Bolton Wanderers.

Burns played in the Bantams' 7-1 pre-season victory against Silsden, after which the club took less than 24 hours to sign the youngster.

Chief scout Archie Christie said: "We are delighted to have him here. He's strong, he's quick, he's bright and he's a very tough tackling right back.

"He will go into our development squad to start with and I feel that he will be perfect cover for the first team within less than twelve months.”


The 18-year-old was part of the Trotters' academy side, but was passed over to the Bantams where he has impressed Christie with his approach.

The Bradford scout continued: “Andrew is a model professional and all credit to Bolton Wanderers and his family for the way he conducts himself.

"It is a shame for him that it didn't work out at Bolton, but we must thank David Lee (Bolton's Assistant Academy Director) for his efforts in helping to point us in Andrew's direction.”

Christie rates the young player’s readiness for lower league football highly, and thinks the teenager will have no problems adapting to the riggers of Npower League 2 football at Valley Parade next term.

“He is a robust young man and I have no doubt that he will be able to handle the physical nature of Npower League 2,” Christie continued.

"We feel we have a good prospect on our hands here."

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