Date: 24th June 2017 at 10:06am
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Effectively, should he manage a better season when it comes to injuries, former Leeds, Sheffield United and Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon will be like a new signing for Bradford

Kilgallon joined City as a free agent from Blackburn in August 2016 but was limited to just 12 first team appearance at Valley Parade in total due to ongoing injury problems.

This hasn’t put off Stuart McCall though as the Bradford boss has handed Kilgallon, 33, a new one year deal.

Kilgallon told the Official Website: ‘I`m really happy to sign a new contract here and I`m glad that it has all been sorted now. It plays on your mind a bit when you`re away and you start to wonder what is happening, but the chairman said he really wants me to stay and I`m glad I`ve been able to do that.’

The veteran defender admitted last season was disappointing for him on a personal level but Kilgallon remains hopeful for the future.

‘Last season for me was disappointing for me personally. I didn`t have a pre-season because I came in late and the lads in the team were doing really well. I was really happy for them but I couldn`t get in the team because of the way they were playing. I eventually got into the team at centre half and then got injured, but when I came back I think they saw enough to know that I can be a big help to this club.’

Going on to say he’s targeting successful from the campaign ahead despite the loss of some key personnel.

Kilgallon concluded: ‘We`ve lost some players during the summer but the club are bringing players into the club. Some really good players were brought into the club last summer and I`m sure that will be the case again this summer. We`ve got good players here and we`ve got good strikers who can score goals, so I believe we can push on and have another good season. As players we know the aim is to get out of this division and I heard that 19,000 season tickets have been sold, which is crazy! We`ll have brilliant backing again and we know what we`ve got to do this season to be successful.’

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