Date: 11th June 2017 at 4:35pm
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Having received a ‘sizable’ offer from Scunthorpe for Rory McArdle the Bradford defender had seemed set to join City’s League One rivals?

McArdle, also linked with Peterborough and play-off final tormentors Millwall, is still expected to complete a move to Scunthorpe but Southend are now seen as a strong rival for the Bradford defender.

According to the Telegraph & Argus, Bradford hoped to retain McArdle but Scunthorpe’s contract offer will reportedly double his earnings at Valley Parade, where he’s still got another year on his deal. Like Billy Clarke though, who joined Charlton a few days ago, he’ll be on his way when back from a holiday in Cuba?

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Humberside, via the T&A: ‘He does have other options but he’s seen the potential in what we’ve got here and has obviously played against us as well on numerous occasions. We tick a lot of boxes for Rory and he certainly does for us. There’s competition for all good players out there. Players of Rory’s proven quality, you certainly have to go and speak to him and try to get him on board. I don’t think either of us saw any problems on the football side of it, only positives. It’s down to the deal getting done.’

The T&A report also said Clarke could be joined at Charlton by Bradford Player of the Year Mark Marshall, out-of-contract at Valley Parade but offer a new deal by City. The winger is thought to favour a return to South London, where he could be nearer to his London-based family.

Reporting Southend’s interest in McArdle, the Southend Echo said Phil Brown’s side have ‘joined the race’ to sign the Northern Ireland defender owing to the exit of one of their own central defenders.

McArdle, 30, could become the replacement for Adam Thompson, who left Southend for Bury.

A player who has now absolutely, 100% left Bradford, is James Meredith as his two year contract with Millwall has been officially signed off after he successfully came through his medical on Friday.

Opting to leave Bradford at the end of his contract, Australian international Meredith, 29, will join Millwall in the Championship after they denied City this place in last month’s play-off final defeat at Wembley.

After sealing his deal Meredith was quoted by London News Online: ‘I`m pleased to join. I`m excited to get going here. I`m keeping myself fit over the summer break and I`m looking forward to getting started in The Championship. The gaffer persuaded me, really. We sat down after the Play-Off final and talked over a few things, including his plans for next season. He showed me the players that are currently at the club and showed me some clips of the style of play and how I could fit into that.’

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