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Former Limerick youngster joins Bradford on permanent deal from Leeds

Paudie O’Connor, 21, earned the captain’s armband at Bradford towards the end of last season, and he has returned to Valley Parade.

Paudie O'Connor in action for Limerick in August 2016.
Paudie O'Connor in action for Limerick in August 2016.
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IRISH DEFENDER PAUDIE O’Connor has joined League Two Bradford City from Leeds United on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old made four first-team appearances for Leeds having joined from his hometown club Limerick in 2017.

He spent the first half of Marcelo Bielsa’s debut campaign on loan at Blackpool in League One before joining division rivals Bradford City in January due to a lack of minutes received at Bloomfield Road.

O’Connor went on to earn the captain’s armband at Bradford under manager Gary Bowyer, and will now return to Valley Parade on a permanent basis despite their relegation from League One last season.

“This is the best possible move for me,” said the centre-back. “Gary and I have a great relationship.

“We compliment each other well and I understand his demands. He plays football the right way so it suits me down to the ground, signing for City.

Being a leader comes with the way I play. I am always on the front foot. Over the coming three years, I am desperate to be associated with success.

“Playing here at Valley Parade in front of the crowd is a great feeling. It played a big part in my decision to sign a long-term deal here.

“I will do all I can to help us get promoted. I have committed myself to the club and want to concentrate on my football.”

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