Matthew Bates signs for Bradford City

Bates signs for Bradford
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Former Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates signs a three-month contract with Bradford City.

Former Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates has signed a three-month contract with Bradford City.

The 26-year-old had been without a club since leaving Bristol City at the end of last season, but will now spend the next three months at Valley Parade.

The centre-back will primarily act as cover for Andrew Davies, who has been ruled out until the New Year following knee surgery.

Bates made more than 100 league appearances during his time with Middlesbrough, before leaving for Bristol City in 2012.

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