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COOKE PENS PERMANENT DEAL

25 July 2020

Bradford City is delighted to announce the permanent signing of Callum Cooke - who has penned a two-year deal.

The midfielder spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at the Utilita Energy Stadium from Peterborough United, making 27 appearances in claret and amber.

Cooke boasts a wealth of EFL experience, having represented Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra after beginning his career at Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old was desperate to return to West Yorkshire and, despite offers elsewhere, never gave the move a second thought.

He said: “I just knew, when my loan finished here last season, that I wanted to come back. I got straight on the phone to my agent and told him this was the club I wanted to be at.

“It was a no-brainer for me and I am delighted to have got it sorted. Playing for this club, the minimum is to give 100% and I just cannot wait to get going here again.

“I feel, from a footballing perspective, I have a lot more developing to do and playing here under the gaffer and Kenny (Black) will bring that out of me.”

Bantams boss Stuart McCall was desperate to keep hold of the playmaker and is looking forward to working with him again.

He added: “Callum is certainly a player who had a positive impression on myself and Kenny, in the time we had with him last season.

“We were always hopeful of being able to bring him back, though feared it would prove difficult because of the interest he was drawing from other clubs.

“Above anything else, Callum is a good footballer - who we feel suits our style of play - and was as eager to return as we were to have him.

“He has a great personality and carries a lot of the characteristics we want to bring into the club.”

Cooke’s signing is subject to the relevant EFL and FA clearances. He will officially join the club on August 1 when his contract at Peterborough expires.


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