Bowyer makes his first signing as Richards-Everton joins Bradford

Gary Bowyer has made his first signing as Bantams boss after securing the signature of defender Ben Richards-Everton.

The 6ft 5ins centre-back, who has been a commanding presence in the Accrington Stanley backline for the past two seasons, has signed a two-year deal with the Bantams.

The twenty-seven-year-old was out of contract with Stanley who did offer him new terms, but he opted instead to join Bowyer in Yorkshire as he looks to rebuild his squad.

The versatile defender was part of the Stanley team that won the League Two title in 2017/18 and made fifty-five appearances in his two-year stay at the Wham Stadium after joining from Dunfermline in 2017.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus Richards-Everton said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be here.’

‘When I first found out about the interest, I spoke to Gary (Bowyer) and was keen to come and sign for such a fantastic club.’

‘I am really looking forward to playing in front of a huge crowd here when I get the opportunity to.’ he added.

A delighted Bowyer commented: ‘Ben knows how to get out of League Two and we need that kind of mentality in our dressing room.’

‘He had attracted attention from other clubs, but Ben expressed a desire to come and play here.’

‘Ben was excited by the number of season tickets we have sold and is a player who will thrive in great atmospheres.’

Richards-Everton will officially become a Bradford City player on July 1 when his contract with Accrington expires. The agreement is subject to standard EFL and FA clearances.

Our View

A statement of intent by the Bantams, Richards-Everton is a top League Two player and a great addition to the squad.

He will bring a League Two winners attitude and leadership to the Bradford changing room, something that fans felt was missing last season.

Accrington fans will be disappointed but will know they cannot compete with the wages and atmosphere offered by other clubs.

Stanley fans will know Coleman will no doubt pull another rabbit out the hat for Stanley to plug the gap.

Bradford fans should be excited if this is the standard of signings they are set to make this summer.


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