Date: 18th October 2008 at 1:13am
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It’s been a long time coming for the former Bantam but the often speculated upon transfer has finally taken place.

Eddie Johnson has signed a 2 year deal with Chester City after training with them for most of the last three months.

I think some of the blame for the delay must be placed at Eddie’s door as he reportedly rejected an offer of football at the Deva Stadium to attempt to curry favour with Dario Gradi at Crewe Alexandra.

Unfortunately EJ could not go the same way as Steven Schumacher and ended up in limbo, when first a transfer embargo and then a wage cap prevented him joining his hometown side.

Eddie Johnson was one of a number of players released by Stuart McCall in a massive summer clearance despite offering to take a significant wage cut. Unfortunately Eddie, one of the club’s higher earners, never delivered on the promise that he had shown at Crewe prior to becoming one of Colin Todd’s higher profile signings.

An injury at the start of the 2006/07 season was not given the time to heal and by the time he returned to the side he had moved from the forward line to midfield where he played most of last season for the Bantams.

Given the opportunity to play up front he did manage to improve his scoring record, grabbing the winner against Morecambe and an equaliser against Barnet but it was too little too late for the former Manchester United trainee.

In his two years at Bradford City he made 53 starts and a further 17 substitute appearances scoring on 8 occasions.

I was always a fan of Eddie for his heart and commitment to the cause but he suffered from not knowing what position he wanted to play in, choosing to play in midfield as a means of forcing his way into his manager’s plans. Hopefully Chester City have a good idea of how they want to use him, and knowing our luck, he’ll end up dictating the game when we travel to the Deva or host Chester at Valley Parade.

Good luck Eddie, glad you’ve finally got yourself sorted out!