Date: 20th June 2017 at 9:45am
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Bradford, still reeling from the disappointment of the play-off final defeat to Millwall, were dealt further blows by the loss of several players, which was seeing some fans’ frustration levels rise as arrivals weren’t following.

Patience in always needed as these things take time, like a domino effect the arrival of Adam Chicksen could well, in fact probably will, lead to others arriving at Valley Parade.

Released at the end of his deal by Charlton, who have signed two of those leaving Bradford, ex-MK Dons and Brighton left back Chicksen has signed a two year deal with City, becoming Stuart McCall’s first summer signing and the replacement for James Meredith, who turned down a new deal in favour of joining Millwall.

Chicksen told the Official Website: ‘I’ve played at Bradford a few times now and I always remember that you get a shiver down your spine because of the atmosphere and the crowd. Bradford away was one of those games you looked out forward on the fixture list – you don’t get feeling with a lot of other clubs.’

He’s now looking forward to experiencing Valley Parade as a home player, not a visiting one.

Adding: ‘When you are playing at Bradford and the crowd is jumping, you know it is a tough place for an opposition player. It is exciting now to be on the other side of that and have the fans on my side this time around. This is a special place to play your football and I’m delighted to be a part of it now.’

Having made his name at hometown club MK Dons, Chicksen, 25, was tempted away by the chance of playing Championship football at Brighton in 2013. During his time at the Amex Stadium his first team chances were limited and this came during loans at Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Fleetwood.

During his one season at Charlton the left back made 21 League One appearances but this wasn’t enough to convince his former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, who arrived at the Valley after Chicksen, to keep him at the end of his one year deal.

Head of Recruitment Greg Abbott said: ‘We’ve looked at Adam’s qualities, he’s got two great feet, although he comes in predominately as a left back. He gets up and down the pitch well, showing a lot of energy. We believe Stuart (McCall) will do what he did with a lot of players last season and get the best out of Adam.’

Abbott is convinced McCall, as he had with several players last season, can get the very best out of Chicksen.

‘You only have to look at the form of the likes of James Meredith, Mark Marshall and Rory McArdle to see how Stuart can get the best out of players. We feel Adam has the ability to be a top player and Stuart is the sort of manager to help him get there. Adam got a great move to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship while he was at Milton Keynes Dons – that shows the ability he has. He can defend and stop crosses into his own box, but he also has the drive and pace to get forward and put the ball into the opposition box as well.’

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