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Former Middlesbrough skipper joins Bradford
FORMER Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates has signed a three-month deal with League One Bradford City.
Bates was released by Boro around 18 months ago after suffering five separate cruciate ligament injuries during his time with the Teessiders.
The Yarm-based centre-half spent part of last season with Bristol City, but was released after the Ashton Gate club were relegated from the Championship.
He joined up with former Boro coaches Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett to train with Hartlepool United during the summer, but always maintained he hoped to play at a higher level than League Two.
He now finds himself with Bradford City, having signed a deal that keeps him at Valley Parade until the middle of January.
Bates will provide cover for another former Boro defender, Andrew Davies, who has been ruled out for up to four months after suffering a knee injury.
The 26-year-old went straight into the Bradford squad for today's game with Tranmere Rovers and was named on the substitutes' bench.
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