In an exciting development for fans of Bradford City AFC, midfielder Alex Gilliead has officially signed a new two-year contract, securing his stay at the University of Bradford Stadium until the summer of 2025. This marks Gilliead’s third spell with the club, and his recent performances have undoubtedly earned him this extension.
Gilliead’s contributions to the team were significant during the previous season, as he made 50 appearances across all competitions. Since his return to Bradford City in 2021, the midfielder has accumulated a total of 99 appearances, bringing his overall tally in claret and amber to an impressive 157 matches.
Expressing his delight, Gilliead stated, “I am buzzing to have signed on and am happy to be here. The first aim is to go one better than we did last season. The feeling of not getting promoted is still a little raw, and it will forever be a sensitive memory.”
Clearly motivated to achieve success, Gilliead acknowledged the challenges ahead but also emphasised the team’s capabilities, saying, “It is not going to be easy, but we know what it takes now to get across the line. Some good teams have gone up, and some have come down, but we are a good team, and we know what we are capable of.”
Gilliead credited his personal growth to the influence of the coaching staff, specifically mentioning the manager and assistant manager. “My game has developed since I came back here, and I have the gaffer and Glyn to thank for that too. Being around them has helped, and I have come into my own in a bit of a new position.”
With aspirations to contribute to the team’s progress, Gilliead expressed his commitment to the cause, stating, “I want to be pushing the lads, and it can only be good for everyone to have a dedicated dressing room focused on promotion out of this division.”
Having enjoyed his time at the club thus far, Gilliead expressed his contentment and loyalty, stating, “It is a special place, and when it gets bouncing, I could not see myself at a better club. I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch and meeting the new players.”
City manager Mark Hughes expressed his satisfaction with Gilliead’s contract extension, highlighting the midfielder’s qualities on and off the pitch. Hughes said, “We are pleased to have tied Gilly down to another few years with us, and to be retaining his services heading into this season. He is a popular member of the dressing room who brings a lot of important qualities, both on and off the pitch.”
Hughes further praised Gilliead’s work ethic and leadership skills, stating, “His endeavour and drive, coupled with his leadership ability and senior influence, make him a player I trust very well, and his appearances tally over the past two years speaks for itself.”
With the upcoming preseason preparations for the 2023/24 season, Hughes expressed his anticipation for Gilliead’s return, stating, “I am looking forward to having him back with us for preseason this week, as we begin on-field preparations for 2023/24.”
As Bradford City AFC aims to achieve their promotion aspirations, securing the talents of Alex Gilliead ensures a strong foundation for success. The fans eagerly await the midfielder’s return to the pitch, confident that his continued presence will contribute to the team’s future triumphs.