Matty Foulds – homegrown talent returns to Bradford City with international experience

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Matthew Foulds of Everton during the Premier League 2 match between Everton U23 and Tottenham Hotspur U23 at Goodison Park on September 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Flashback to 2007, and young prodigy Matty Foulds was working within the Bradford City academy, move towards 2018, and the young defender faces his boyhood club representing Everton Under-23’s, to now, 2021, as the 22-year old returns to a rejuvenated Bantams side.

Foulds is no stranger to sunny Bradford, having been born in the city and growing up within the Bantams academy, the left-back is also a fan of the club, something which is becoming quite the occurrence.

The 22-year old is Mark Trueman’s fifth recruit of the January trasnfer window which has been ruthless so far for the Bantams, seeing Austin Samuels have his loan terminated, whilst Kurtis Guthrie and Ben Richards-Everton were deemed not needed and had their contracts mutually cancelled. This new attitude and merciless viewpoint of Trueman is loved by City fans, something they’ve needed for years in terms of getting rid of the deadwood within the arsenal.

Whilst concerns continue to loom over the contract and future of left-back Connor Wood, Foulds’ arrival supplies healthy competition in the left-back position and has only signed on at Valley Parade until the end of the season, but this looks likely to be extended.

The Yorkshireman’s career after Bradford continued with Bury, where he was able to break into the first team and made his first start for the Shakers seven months after signing his first professional contract. Foulds was a regular in the first team for the new few months, before gaining the attention of Premier League outfit Everton who immediately snapped him up for a fee of approximately £250,000.

Unfortunately he never managed to find his way into the first team, dancing with the under-23’s for four years before being released and finding himself clubless. Despite League One and Two interest, Foulds opted to travel abroad and take on a new challenge in Italy, as he joined Serie C side Como on a two-year contract.

However, after just three appearances Foulds had his contract mutually terminated to force a move through to the Bantams, as he immediately jetted back from the sun of Italy to the drizzle of England to complete his move back to the club where it all began.

Now halfway through the January transfer window and Bradford City have massively improved their squad, with a new striker, midfielder, defenders and a goalkeeper, Trueman has revived a dreadful Bantams side and brought in players who want to be at the club, and who want to fight for the badge, the shirt and the fans.

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