In an exciting development for Bradford City, left-back Liam Ridehalgh has officially signed a new one-year contract with the club. The agreement ensures Ridehalgh’s presence at the University of Bradford Stadium until at least the culmination of the 2023/24 season.
Following his release from Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2021, Ridehalgh joined Bradford City and has since become a vital part of the team. With 62 appearances in claret and amber over the past two seasons, the Halifax-born defender has proved his worth on the field.
Expressing his delight about the new deal, Ridehalgh said, “I am delighted to get the deal done and to be staying here for another year. We fell short last year, but hopefully this season we can push on and get that promotion we all want. We improved from the season before, so it was tough to lose in the play-offs like we did, but it has made us all hungrier to succeed for this club and these supporters.”
The left-back further emphasised his satisfaction with his time at Bradford City, highlighting his positive working relationship with the manager. Ridehalgh acknowledged the trust placed in him by the coaching staff and expressed his desire to repay their faith. He eagerly anticipates the upcoming pre-season and is determined to contribute towards the team’s objective of reclaiming a spot in League One and beyond.
Mark Hughes, the manager of Bradford City, expressed his contentment with Ridehalgh’s contract extension, stating, “We are pleased to have tied Liam down to at least another year with us. In the season and a half I have spent here, he has proved a reliable, dependable player, who carries a lot of attributes that not only make him a solid defender, but a threat going forward.”
Hughes also highlighted Ridehalgh’s popularity among the team and his significance to the squad. Following a period of injury last season, the left-back, like his teammates, is determined to bounce back stronger and help Bradford City achieve success.
The Bradford City faithful can now look forward to another season of Ridehalgh’s defensive prowess and his contributions to the team’s attacking play. With the left-back committed to the club’s cause, optimism is high as the Bantams strive for a successful campaign and aim to secure promotion back to League One.