Transfer news: Joe Riley joins Bradford City

Friday 25 May 2018 14:12

Manchester United defender Joe Riley has signed for League One side Bradford City on a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old captained the Under-23s last season and scored a memorable goal in the best performance of the campaign at that level, a 2-1 victory against Liverpool at Anfield.

We wish Riley well in his new venture at Bradford City

After making two first-team appearances during Louis van Gaal's reign, against Shrewsbury Town and FC Midtjylland, Riley was loaned to Sheffield United in 2017 but suffered a serious shoulder injury in training which curtailed his progress.

The spell with the Blades does mean the full-back has a little experience of life in League One and he will look to help the Bantams mount another challenge for promotion.

Speaking in an interview published by Bradford's official Twitter account, Riley explained why he is not concerned by the lack of a manager at his new club. 

"This club, for me and a lot of people, is a Championship club and not a League One club," Joe says. "The vision of what the owners and the club have is what motivates me.

"The fact that they don't have a head coach at this time does not worry me in any way because I want to come here and play. That is up to me, with how I work in training and games. It is all up to me at the end of the day, and how I perform will get me in the team-sheet come the weekend."

Everybody at United would like to wish Joe the very best of luck for the future.

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