Bradford City have today confirmed that keeper Richard O’Donnell has penned a new deal with the club.
The stooped first arrived at Valley Parade in 2018 and has made 83 appearances for them since. He’s penned a two-year extension to his current deal, keeping him with the Bantams until 2022.
His arrival was initially controversial, with popular keeper Colin Doyle making way, but he’s since endeared himself to Bradford fans with a series of strong displays. The 31-year-old is an experienced keeping, having previously represented Sheffield Wednesday, Walsall, Bristol City and Rotherham.
O’Donnell rolled out the usual ‘no brainer’ rhetoric when discussing the deal with the club’s official site.
“I am delighted to get this deal over the line. As soon as the offer was made, it was pretty clear what I wanted to do. When the gaffer first told me he wanted me to stay, I said straight away that this was the club I wanted to be at. My family have all really taken to Bradford City over the past two years and it was a no-brainer for me, once the offer was on the table.”
Manager Stuart McCall admitted that the recent pandemic had drawn out the deal being presented to O’Donnell, but that he was delighted to get it over the line after interest from elsewhere.
“Due to the current circumstances, it has taken a while for us to actually put a solid deal on the table, even though we have remained in constant dialogue with him. He has accepted a deal on reduced terms and turned down other offers from elsewhere, which I think speaks volumes of his loyalty to our club.”
Bradford fans are also delighted, having recently welcomed back Billy Clarke, there is a feeling of real optimism ahead of the new campaign. The Bantams only just missed out on the top seven last season, coming in ninth after the season was curtailed.
Make him captain……no brainer
— Chris Hilton (@ChrisHilton83) July 20, 2020
Two more years of seeing this beautiful face at Valley Parade, be an added bonus if he manages to stop a few shots going in the goal. Welcome back @RichODonnell23, all jokes aside the EXACT attitude we need from every single player next season to get out of this league #bcafc
— Chris Smith (@southychris) July 20, 2020
Accepted reduced terms and rejected offers from elsewhere. This is the type of player I want at #bcafc. He clearly wants to be here.
— Kris Bell (@Kabelwolf777) July 20, 2020
Best keeper in the league with the attitude to go with it, some man. Quality bit of news ??
— AS (@ASerot1991) July 20, 2020
Great news to wake up to on a Monday morning
— BarnsleyBantam (@jeager72) July 20, 2020
My captain ?
— Thomas Stirk (@TomStirk1992) July 20, 2020
— matthew wilkinson (@matthewbcafc) July 20, 2020
That's not Purple!!!!
— Nige Hall (@nige_hall) July 20, 2020