Bradford City kickstarts summer recruitment with Kenyan international Clarke Oduor signing
Bradford City has welcomed Kenyan international Clarke Oduor as the club's first new addition for the summer.
Oduor, versatile in his roles as a winger, wing-back, or full-back, signed a three-year deal that will keep him with the club until the summer of 2026.
The 23-year-old player arrives at the University of Bradford Stadium after parting ways with Barnsley.
Having emerged from Leeds United's academy in 2017, Oduor made his move to South Yorkshire in 2019 where he made a total of 57 appearances for Barnsley.
A standout moment of his career was when he scored the goal against Brentford on the final day of the 2019/20 season, securing Barnsley's place in the second tier for another year.
Oduor spent part of last season on loan with Hartlepool United where he featured in 14 matches, including a goal in a 2-1 defeat against Swindon Town in October.
Expressing his excitement about the move, Oduor said, "I am excited. This is a huge club with a great fanbase, so I cannot wait to get going. I am here to hopefully help us get back up the leagues."
He underscored the value of his past experiences, stating, "I signed for Barnsley four years ago and have a decent level of experience. It has been good to go out on loan and find a little bit more out about the league, so I feel I am ready to enjoy my time here."
Oduor also painted a vivid picture of his dynamic style of play, promising to energise the fans.
"My game is about excitement. I like to get on the ball a lot and make things happen, creating chances for myself and my teammates. That is what I am all about. Hopefully, I can get the fans off their seats. It is a fresh start for me, something new. It feels good and I cannot wait to meet the lads and get going."
Mark Hughes, the manager of Bradford City, warmly welcomed Oduor, stating, "We are delighted to have secured the services of Clarke, as our first new signing of the summer. He is a versatile, dynamic player who will bring a lot of different attributes to our squad, having already amassed a great deal of experience at both club and international level at a young age."
He further highlighted Oduor's performance at previous clubs, saying, "His time at Barnsley playing in both the Championship and League One, coupled with an impressive spell at Hartlepool last season, shows the threat he carries as well as his ability to play at a higher level."