Bradford City boss Bowyer keeping tabs on recently released League One striker

Bradford City boss Gary Bowyer has revealed he is monitoring the situation of striker Mark Cullen.

Cullen is currently searching for a new club after his release from League One Blackpool. The twenty-seven-year-old made one hundred and eight appearances for the Tangerines over five years scoring twenty-six times.

He spent the second half of the season on loan at League Two Carlisle in a bid to recover his fitness after injury problems, making nine appearances of which six were from the bench, without scoring.

The experienced striker is well known to former Blackpool boss Bowyer having worked with him at Bloomfield Road between 2016 – 2018 and scoring the winner at Wembley in the 2017 play-off final.

‘Cully is always going to have a special place in my heart because of what he did that season and that particular day,’ the Bradford boss told the Telegraph and Argus.’

‘The poor lad has had a terrible time with injuries, but that’s one that we’d certainly monitor,’ he added.

The striker underwent a hamstring operation and missed eight months of Blackpool’s first season back in League One.

He then suffered a stress fracture to his leg in November last season before a groin problem hampered his loan spell at Carlisle.

Blackpool had the option of extending Cullen’s deal by a further twelve months but opted against it.

The Bantams have also been linked with a move for Plymouth defender Ryan Edwards and Newcastle youngster Matty Longstaff as Bowyer looks to re-shape his squad to mount a serious challenge for an immediate return to League One.


Our View

Cullen is a proven striker at League Two level so could be a good signing for the Bantams.

If and it is a big if, he can put his injury problems behind him he could get the goals they need to mount a promotion challenge.

On a free, he has got to be worth a punt.

Bowyer knows the player, which should be an advantage but there is no sentiment in football, and he is likely to have a battle on his hands to secure Cullen’s services, with Carlisle thought to be keen to take the striker back to Brunton Park.

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