Bantams boss Phil Parkinson completed his fourth capture of a busy summer of 2012 by securing the signature of York City left back James Meredith.The Australian-born defender signed a two year deal with the Bantams. Standing at 6' 1'', Meredith made 55 appearances in all competitions for York in the season before his move to Bradford. He featured in both of the Minstermen's successful trips to Wembley Stadium during the 2011/2012 season - their F.A Trophy Final victory over Newport County and their Blue Square Bet Premier Play-Off Final win against Luton Town. The latter result helped to secure York's return to the Football League after an eight-year absence. Along with his recent dual appearance at the National Stadium, Meredith also featured at Wembley in York's 2010 Blue Square Bet Premier Play-Off Final defeat at the hands of Oxford United. Once described as an "attack-minded full back with the pace to bring the ball out from the back" by former York boss Martin Foyle, Meredith amazingly played over 150 games in his three seasons at Bootham Crescent. The 24 year-old started his professional career at Derby County after being spotted by a Rams scout while playing football in Melbourne at the age of only 16. Following brief loan spells with Cambridge United and Chesterfield, Meredith left Pride Park in 2007 to join League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers. He spent six months in Ireland before being snapped up by Shrewsbury Town in January 2008 still only 19. During his time with the Shrews the defender moved on loan to AFC Telford United. Meredith remained on loan at AFC Telford for the rest of the 2008/2009 season, playing in their losing Blue Square Bet North Play-Off Final with Gateshead. Telford offered Meredith a contract to stay with them but he chose to move to York in the summer of 2009 instead. Upon his arrival at City, Meredtih quickly made the left back slot his own. His encouraging first season at Valley Parade was only really halted when the attacking full back was diagnosed with glandular fever in January 2013, leading to fears he may miss the rest of the season. Meredith did miss the Capital One Cup Final, but he was back in time to help City make the Play-Offs. Playing in all three of City’s Play-Off fixtures, including the final against Northampton, Meredith was able to cap off his first full season with City in style with his third victory at Wembley Stadium in just over a year.