Date: 19th June 2017 at 9:55am
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Ahead of the weekend, Bradford lost another player as Mark Marshall completed his transfer to Charlton.

Having already sold Billy Clarke to Charlton, Marshall joins his former Bradford teammate at the Valley on a free transfer, signing a two year deal after turning down the offer of a new deal at City.

Marshall, 30, was a mainstay in the Bradford side that made it to the League One play-off final but failure to beat Millwall in the Wembley final last month has seen the Jamaican opt for pastures new, making 88 appearances for City since his arrival from Port Vale in 2015.

This switch to Charlton means Marshall returns to his London home, growing up locally to the Valley.

Head of Recruitment Greg Abbott doesn’t feel Bradford could have done any more to keep Marshall in Yorkshire.

Abbott told the Official Website: ‘While we are disappointed to learn that Mark has gone to Charlton, I have to say that we did everything we could to keep him at the Club. Myself, Edin (Rahic) and Stuart (McCall) sat down and discussed Marshy’s situation, and Stuart and I came up with a figure we felt would be enough to keep him. Edin and Stefan (Rupp) actually then came back with a figure even above that. In fact, it was probably the highest figure that Bradford City will have offered a player during their time in League One. In that respect, the Club couldn’t really do much more.’

There’s better news coming as Abbott said Bradford are now looking forward with deals in place.

He said: ‘When that happens, you can look yourself in the mirror and know that as a team – Stefan, Edin, James, Stuart and myself – we did everything in our power. With that all said now, we are looking forward. We have made two bids for players today (Friday) – six-figure bids – and we are hopeful of signing a couple of other players at the beginning of next week.’

Adding: ‘The deals to sign those two players have been agreed in principle. The work to extend and improve the squad is really taking off now. The aim at the end of the summer period is to give Stuart a squad he can be really competitive with. With the support and help of Edin, Stefan and James, myself and Stuart are working extremely hard to get the right players into the football club at the right price.’

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