Bradford City have confirmed their first two signings of the January transfer window- and the first two of the Trueman era.
Despite the fact the Bantams currently lack an official first team manager, interim duo Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars are unbeaten in five and have picked up 11 out of 15 points, quickly earning the respect of the Bradford City faithful. Fans and management alike are still awakening their first game of 2021, as the duels with Morecambe and Scunthorpe United have been postponed.
City made their first signing in the form of former Leeds United prospect, goalkeeper Will Huffer. Huffer had a very short stint with the literal neighbours of City, as Bradford Park Avenue are his employers prior. Huffer was a shock signing for the Avenue, as many believed he deserved to be playing at a higher level- something he’s now accomplished.
Saying that, the 22-year old has played at Championship level for a single game, which he managed to achieve a clean sheet in and had an excellent debut between the sticks.
Huffer comes in as a result of club captain Richard O’Donnell’s lengthy spell on the sidelines, as the 31 year old is expected to be out for the next weeks with Sam Hornby expected to challenge for the number one spot. Huffer looks to be more a back-up signature for the Bantams, with the ‘keeper joining for an undisclosed fee.
The second man to enter through the Valley Parade doors is a current Leeds youngster, with winger Jordan Stevens joining the club on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Stevens spent the first half of the season at League One side Swindon Town, but failed to really set the world alight and in 13 appearances mustered one goal and assist.
Gloucester born Stevens has high expectations set by the Leeds fans, having made the move from Forest Green Rovers in 2018 and having already played six games for the Lilywhites, with the most recent appearance coming as recent as July.
The winger is expected to play a large part in the Trueman show, with it expected that he will be playing on that right-wing spot in the 4-2-3-1 dedicated formation Trueman had adopted in recent weeks, allowing Billy Clarke or Gareth Evans to be used in a different role, as well as supplying much needed competition.
These two new additions to the Bradford City squad are healthy for the squad, and showing where the priorities are for Mark Trueman- utilising the club’s local connections and making the most of the loan market to bolster the squad and redeem the pride of the season.