Bantams Trio Sign New Contracts

By: Jack Wylie |
08/03/18 |

Bradford City goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy has signed his first professional contract, agreeing a two-year deal with the club.

The second-year apprentice was on the bench for City’s FA Cup third round tie at Yeovil Town in January after featuring prominently in the Under-18s and Development squad.

The 18-year-old was also invited by The FA to a youth level training camp at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park earlier this season.

Meanwhile, former Sheffield United apprentice Cameron Hawkes has impressed during his short spell training with the club since leaving the Blades, encouraging the Bantams to offer the 17-year-old his first professional contract.

Former Swindon Town apprentice Callum Gunner is another player to receive a fresh deal, penning a new one-year contract.

Bantams Head of Recruitment Greg Abbott told the club website: “These three deals are all about beginning to look towards next season and putting the plans in place.

“There is two levels of recruitment. You obviously have your first-team level recruitment, which we are on with now at this moment, and then there is the recruitment behind that as well. This is where Callum, Cameron and George come in.

“We must thank the youth team and academy staff for the work they have done with George over the years to get him to this stage and ready for this step up into the senior squad set-up.

“We’ve given George a two-year deal as it is obviously harder for a goalkeeper to get first team opportunities, so we have given him an extra year to try and establish himself.

“Callum has been a bit unfortunate with injuries this season, including a nasty shoulder injury that kept him out for three months.

“He carries the ball well, though, and we look forward to seeing how he progresses at the end of this season and throughout the next campaign.

“Cameron is a player who comes to us highly recommended from Sheffield United. He has already impressed during his early days at the club.”