Former Doncaster Rovers defender Graeme Lee signed a two year contract earlier today as Stuart McCall moved to replace David Wetherall at the heart of his Bradford City defence.
Graeme Lee was released by Doncaster Rovers in June after failing to secure a place in the team after injury. However, just over twelve months ago he had been an integral part of the now-Championship Rovers side, heading home the winning goal in the 2007 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
30 year old Lee (it was only his birthday at the end of May, so belated best wishes from Vital Bradford) started his career at Hartlepool United where he stayed for eight years before joining Sheffield Wednesday on a free contract.
Around 70 appearances and three years later he was bought by Doncaster Rovers for £50,000 and even though his time at the club was latterly disrupted by injury he made over 50 appearances for the South Yorkshire side.
In choosing to join Bradford City, Graeme Lee is another player who has plied his trade at a higher level before being lured out of retirement by the prospect of rebuilding a career damaged by injury (a la Peter Thorne).
Moreover, at 30 years old he brings a wealth of experience as well as a few years’ more playing in him.
The signing clearly brings to an end the speculation surrounding Darren Moore’s rumoured transfer for the club. Although no announcement has been made regarding his intentions it is to be presumed that he will be unveiled as a Leicester City player in the not too distant future.
Whilst I would have liked Bruno to return it looks to me that, so long as he remains fit, Graeme Lee could be a worthy successor to David Wetherall in the middle of our defence.
Clearly his cup winning goal has made him a hero at Doncaster Rovers, where he earned the nickname ‘Spike’ so let’s hope he gives us just as good reasons to take him to heart.
Welcome to Valley Parade Graeme, good luck for the next season!
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