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West Ham's Ireland U21 international extends loan deal with League One side

Josh Cullen is staying on at Bradford City.

Cullen has played 37 league games for Bradford during two spells.
Cullen has played 37 league games for Bradford during two spells.
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IRELAND UNDERAGE INTERNATIONAL Josh Cullen will remain on at Bradford City until the end of the season after extending his loan terms with the League One side.

The 20-year-old midfielder has put pen-to-paper on a new agreement which will see him remain at Valley Parade from parent club West Ham until the conclusion of the 2016/17 campaign.

Cullen, who is in his second spell with the club, has made 23 appearances for Bradford this term after initially joining on a five-month deal in August.

“It was quite an easy decision for me,” Cullen said. ”I’ve enjoyed playing my football here.

“Everything about the club – the staff, the players, the fans – they have all been brilliant with me both last season and this season so far.

“When it came to extending my stay once again, it was only just a case of getting everything sorted out. It was never really a decision I had to make.

“I am really pleased everything is signed now and we can kick on with the second half of the season.”

Josh Cullen with Aleksander Cavric Cullen in action against Serbia U21 at the RSC in Waterford last year. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Cullen, who has been capped at U19 and U21 by Ireland, made his senior West Ham debut in a Europa League clash with Lusitanos in 2015 and then made his Premier League bow not long after against Liverpool at Anfield.

He has since spent his time with the Bantams, featuring 17 times during the second-half of last season as Phil Parkinson’s side reached the League One play-offs.

Under new boss Stuart McCall, Bradford are currently in fifth position in the third tier of English football with Cullen playing a significant role in their good form.

In 37 league appearances for the club, Cullen has tasted defeat just six time and has only missed two outings this campaign because of Ireland U21 duty.

Meanwhile, Meath native Kevin Toner has returned to parent club Aston Villa after a brief loan spell with Walsall. The defender joined League One outfit in August and made 20 appearances during the first-half of the season.

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