Date: 22nd June 2017 at 5:38pm
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Rory McArdle has completed his exit from Bradford, joining League One rivals Scunthorpe having turned down the offer of a new deal at Valley Parade.

Scunthorpe, one of a number of clubs reportedly expressing an interest in McArdle, who joined Bradford from Aberdeen in 2012, has signed a three year deal at Glanford Park.

He told the Official Scunthorpe Website: ‘I`m delighted to have signed. It`s something I`ve been thinking about over the last few weeks. I`ve met the manager for a chat and his objectives are similar ones to what I have. Hopefully we can try and accomplish them and be part of something successful. Scunthorpe did well last year and keep building. If we can try and keep progressing, ultimately that`s where everybody wants to be. If we can go one step further this season then everyone will be happy.’

The Scunthorpe plans appealed to him too.

‘The gaffer spoke about the ambitions he and the chairman have for the club, and for me to be able to be part of that ticks a big box as well. The club is going in the right direction and he wants to keep it moving forward – that`s ultimately something I want to be part of. The manager wants to build on last year. Scunthorpe weren`t far away from getting promoted and he wants to keep as much of a tightknit group as possible, and build on that really. It`s something I wanted to be part of. The games against Scunthorpe last year were difficult and if I can come in and push everyone on some more then hopefully we`ll get to where we want to be.’

During McArdle’s time at Valley Parade, helping Bradford win promotion from League Two via the play-off final win over Northampton and the 2013 League Cup final against Swansea, the Sheffield-born Northern Ireland international made 231 appearances scoring a very respectable 15 goals for a defender.

McArdle, 30, was a part of the City side beaten in the League One play-off final by Millwall last season, which of course proved to be his final game for the club.

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