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VAUGHAN NAMED BANTAMS CAPTAIN

25 July 2019

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City striker James Vaughan has been named as club captain ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The former Everton frontman put pen to paper on a three-year-deal at the Utilita Energy Stadium last month, becoming Gary Bowyer’s ninth summer signing.

Vaughan has already skippered the Bantams in pre-season friendlies against Liverpool and Wigan and cannot wait to be doing so - on a weekly basis - in claret and amber.

He said: “To be named captain of this great club is a really special moment in my career. I am grateful towards Gary (Bowyer) for showing his faith and handing me the responsibility.

“I am delighted and enormously proud. It is a great honour and makes me all the more hungry for the season to start.

“Bradford City is a massive club, full of history, and looking at some of the previous captains just inspires me more.

“Hopefully I can be a successful captain and achieve as much as some of them did.

“It was a great experience to lead the boys out against Liverpool and Wigan.

“I am looking forward to doing the same, in front of our fantastic supporters, throughout the course of the season.”

City manager Bowyer is looking forward to seeing Vaughan lead from the front.

He added: “I am thrilled to have James as our captain. He has made a very positive impact since the moment he arrived at the club.

“Working with him in close quarters over the past month has only emphasised what I already knew about him. He will be a fantastic leader for us.

“One of the deciding factors was the respect his team-mates have for him and the effect he has had on them.

“He controls the dressing room and gets hold of the lads in a very good way, while leading by example on the pitch.

“Our supporters always identify with someone who gives 100 per cent on the field, displays lots of passion and fight and shows quality.

“James epitomises the values of this club in that sense, so the decision is one which will sit right with the supporters and everyone else around the club.”

Vaughan is in line to make his competitive City debut, wearing the armband, when the Bantams play host to Cambridge United in the club’s 2019/20 Sky Bet League Two opener.

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