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Will Bradford City be tempted by any of these free agents?

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Another summer of conjecture and rumour has begun, as teams reveal their end-of-season retained lists.

The news of which out-of-contract players are available piques curiosity as another transfer window approaches.

Here are some of the more eye-catching names now available in Leagues One and Two. Will the Bantams include any of these on their roster?

PADDY MADDEN

He led Stockport to the League Two title but was unable to reach an agreement with the Hatters on a new contract.

Madden will have plenty of admirers, and you believe he has something planned.

Graham Alexander knows him well from their time at Scunthorpe, and Madden leaves Edgeley Park with 65 goals in 157 Stockport appearances, including 22 in the club’s victorious season.

RYAN CROASDALE

Croasdale, a midfielder, is another player Alexander has worked with in the Preston academy.

The England C international won the FA Trophy with AFC Fylde before moving to Stockport in 2020. He was a mainstay for the Hatters, appearing in 180 games over three seasons.

Croasdale is a hardworking central defensive midfielder with an impressive engine.

DAN KEMP

The MK Dons offensive midfielder was the ideal foil for Jake Young during their loan spell at Swindon and is expected to draw a lot of interest if he moves in the summer.

Kemp had a productive 2023, when he was one of League Two’s most threatening attackers, scoring 22 goals and giving 10 assists on loan with Hartlepool and Swindon.

Milton Keynes recalled him in January, and he has scored three goals in 21 appearances for Mike Williamson’s side.

CALLUM JOHNSON

Will David Sharpe utilize his Mansfield contacts to try to lure Johnson away from the promoted Stags?

Johnson is a natural wing-back who can also play right centre half, and he appeared 22 times for Nigel Clough’s victorious season.

AARON HAYDEN

The centre half scored 12 goals to assist Wrexham return to the EFL after a year in the National League.

However, his participation to their second successive promotion was curtailed by injury, limiting him to only 17 games and one goal.

BEN TOZER

A highly seasoned centre half known for his powerful long throws.

Northampton’s 34-year-old faced the Bantams at Wembley Stadium in the 2013 play-off final.

He guided Cheltenham to the League Two title in 2021 before moving to Wrexham, where he was selected to the National League team of the season.

Tozer played 133 games for North Wales across three years.

RONAN CURTIS

The former Republic of Ireland winger is pondering a new contract with Wimbledon following a successful return from long-term injury.

Curtis, known for his direct approach, rose to prominence with Portsmouth, where he scored 57 goals in over 200 appearances during a six-year span.

However, he was sidelined for about a year due to a catastrophic knee ligament injury, prompting his release from the League One team.

Wimbledon granted Curtis a short-term contract in January to show his health, and he appeared 17 times, scoring five goals.

BEN WHITFIELD

The Bingley-born offensive midfielder spent ten years in the Bantams youth before being discharged at the age of sixteen. He later played for Silsden and Guiseley.

Whitfield, who has been linked with a return to his hometown club ever since, had another great season with Barrow, scoring 11 goals as they just missed out on the play-offs.

The Bluebirds have offered the 28-year-old a new deal, but he may choose to go elsewhere.

JOHN MARQUIS

Bristol Rovers released the well-traveled striker, who is now available again.

Marquis has played for 11 different clubs since 2009, with the most success at Doncaster, where he scored 67 goals in three years.

He hasn’t played in League Two since 2017, when his 26 goals helped Rovers earn promotion.

TOMAS HOLY

The giant Czech keeper has been linked with City in the past.

Towering at 6ft 9in, Holy kept 19 clean sheets in Carlisle’s promotion from League Two in 2022/2023 – including two against the Bantams.

But he lost his place midway through last season, not playing a single game after Christmas.

Harry Lewis took the number one slot following his window move from Valley Parade with youngster Gabriel Breeze preferred as his back-up.

JACK PAYNE

The former Bantams loanee is currently in play-off combat with MK Dons but will be up for grabs after being released by Charlton.

Midfielder Payne has scored seven goals for Milton Keynes – and City know all about his set-piece prowess after his long-range free-kick against them in October.

Payne played 47 times in City’s relegation from League One in 2019 and scored nine.

HAKEEB ADELAKUN

Another play-off participant who has been in red-hot form for Doncaster.

It’s no coincidence that their surge up League Two into the top seven followed the arrival of the Lincoln winger in January.

Adelakun, who played for Alexander at Scunthorpe, has been let go by the Imps – but you would anticipate Grant McCann has already put an offer on the table.

JOE RAFFERTY

Anyone looking for a right back will no doubt be keeping tabs on League One title winner Rafferty.

The former Rochdale and Preston defender is a “steady Eddie” who played 42 times in Portsmouth’s successful League One campaign.

MAX STRYJEK

The goalkeeper who ruined City’s Wembley dream is up for grabs.

Stryjek delivered a stunning display between the sticks at Valley Parade in Wycombe’s smash-and-grab win in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy semi-final.

The Polish stopper pulled off a string of saves to deny the Bantams in arguably their best performance of the season.

Stryjek is currently at Crewe on an emergency loan signing and involved in their play-off campaign.

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