Bantams land Heckingbottom

08 January 2008 10:28
Bradford City manager Stuart McCall has made Barnsley left-back Paul Heckingbottom his first permanent signing of the January transfer window. Heckingbottom, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Valley Parade from Barnsley, has agreed an 18-month deal with the Bantams, to McCall's delight. "In this day and age, I thought he was refreshingly honest in the fact that next season he's going to be earning almost half of what he's on at the moment," the City boss told the Telegraph & Argus. "He wanted 18 months and, with the budget we've got, it would have been difficult for him to stay on the same amount. "A lot of the money from the contract will be tied in to when he plays but he's happy about that. He's backing himself to play regularly and that's the attitude I want to see." Meanwhile, winger Alex Rhodes has agreed to sign another short-term contract that will last until the end of the current campaign.

Source: ESA