Billy Knott vows to give Bradford City 100 per cent

Midfielder Billy Knott has signed a two-year deal to play for City

Midfielder Billy Knott has signed a two-year deal to play for City

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Billy Knott admitted the opportunity to become City’s second summer signing was simply too good to turn down.

The midfielder was available following his release from Sunderland and has penned a two-year deal, with an option for a third year in the Bantams’ favour.

Following the permanent signing of Matty Dolan earlier this month, the arrival of Knott is a major boost to City’s squad following the recent departure of skipper Gary Jones.

Described as a very positive and mobile central midfielder, the 21-year-old played 41 games last season on loan for Wycombe and Port Vale.

Knott, who likes to shoot from distance, scored twice for Vale and won their goal of the season award for a spectacular effort from outside the area against Crawley.

“You ask a lot of people around the game about Bradford and they say what a big club it is,” said Knott.

“When I came here last season with Port Vale I was on the bench and you could really take in the noise and atmosphere around the ground.

“I think Bradford had gone a number of games without a win before that night but the crowd was still buzzing.

“When you see the surroundings around here such as the stadium and you hear the gaffer’s plans for how he wants to take the club forward, you can’t really turn that down.

“I’m glad to have this move completed quite early in the summer and I can go away and prepare for pre-season properly now. I can’t wait to get started and give it 100 per cent.

“That is the way I like to train and I like to play and I’ll try to be no different here. This is a big club and I am excited to get started.”

Phil Parkinson said he had been tracking Knott’s progress for some time.

“Billy is a young midfielder with good footballing ability and he is versatile too,” said the City boss.

“He can play central midfield and behind the striker – he’s a player with real enthusiasm and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Born in Essex, Knott joined Sunderland in 2011 after being released from the Chelsea academy. But he made only one Black Cats appearance as a substitute against Tottenham under Paolo Di Canio.

He has spent previous loan spells with Woking in the Conference and AFC Wimbledon, where he had an influential game against City in March 2012.

Knott won a contentious penalty and scored with a header in a 3-1 Dons win best remembered for Craig Fagan’s red card.

Parkinson said: “Billy is a player who first came to our attention when he played against us on loan for Wimbledon.

“He played on the left-hand side of midfield that day and I have monitored him ever since.

“He went to Port Vale last season and did really well for them, so a few clubs wanted to sign him. I felt he was an important signing to get done.”

The club’s deadline for season tickets at their current prices ends today at 5pm and Parkinson added: “I hope signing Billy persuades fans to buy their tickets.

“He’s the type of player we want to attract to the club – he’s young, energetic and I think the crowd will enjoy watching him play.

“I think he’s a good acquisition for us but there are hopefully going to be quite a few more.”

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10:06am Sat 31 May 14

bantam10 says...

Welcome aboard!
Welcome aboard! bantam10
  • Score: 6

10:09am Sat 31 May 14

bantam10 says...

Acording to twitter his former team mate Pope from Port Vale his spit his dummy out and called him a traitor.
You have chosen the better Club Billy out of the two.
Acording to twitter his former team mate Pope from Port Vale his spit his dummy out and called him a traitor. You have chosen the better Club Billy out of the two. bantam10
  • Score: 6

10:14am Sat 31 May 14

bcfc1903 says...

No disrespect to Port Vale Billy but you've made the right decision!!!

Welcome aboard the Bradford train fella, enjoy the ride!!!!
No disrespect to Port Vale Billy but you've made the right decision!!! Welcome aboard the Bradford train fella, enjoy the ride!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 12

11:14am Sat 31 May 14

Bantam Dubai says...

bantam10 wrote:
Acording to twitter his former team mate Pope from Port Vale his spit his dummy out and called him a traitor.
You have chosen the better Club Billy out of the two.
It say's nowhere on Twiter that pope has spat his dummy out or called him a traitor for that matter,
this is what Pope had to say...
"Some idiots about! I wish @billy_knott all the best and bradford have signed a top, top player! #oi #oi"
[quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Acording to twitter his former team mate Pope from Port Vale his spit his dummy out and called him a traitor. You have chosen the better Club Billy out of the two.[/p][/quote]It say's nowhere on Twiter that pope has spat his dummy out or called him a traitor for that matter, this is what Pope had to say... "Some idiots about! I wish @billy_knott all the best and bradford have signed a top, top player! #oi #oi" Bantam Dubai
  • Score: 7

12:07pm Sat 31 May 14

spleen ventor says...

Welcome aboard Billy.
Don't take any notice of the halfwit's elsewhere....they'd be dissatisfied if we signed Messi!
Welcome aboard Billy. Don't take any notice of the halfwit's elsewhere....they'd be dissatisfied if we signed Messi! spleen ventor
  • Score: 5

7:24pm Sat 31 May 14

Dan Jones says...

Ticket Office at Clubs saying weve sold over 11,000 tickets

Well Done Everyone
Ticket Office at Clubs saying weve sold over 11,000 tickets Well Done Everyone Dan Jones
  • Score: 7

9:01am Sun 1 Jun 14

Freddy says...

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From the photo Knot looks like a very young Peter Jackson !. For those that can remember the young 'Jacko '.
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Pleased with this signing--good move and step in the right direction. Fulfilling Mr.Rhodes requirements for a more attacking Squad.
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This signing further illustrates 'Parky's ' consistant ability to bring in good players he has assessed and been tracking.
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As he was a ' Free ' --I hope there is still £ Half a Million, still in the Players Fund ?.
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* From the photo Knot looks like a very young Peter Jackson !. For those that can remember the young 'Jacko '. * Pleased with this signing--good move and step in the right direction. Fulfilling Mr.Rhodes requirements for a more attacking Squad. * This signing further illustrates 'Parky's ' consistant ability to bring in good players he has assessed and been tracking. * As he was a ' Free ' --I hope there is still £ Half a Million, still in the Players Fund ?. * Freddy
  • Score: 2

12:31pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Joshuatoothill says...

Pope spat his dummy out but time " @billy_knott I'm deleting you're number and never speaking to you again I thought we were mates #sellout #judas" then thought he was billy big boll***s starting on a city fan the guys a thug who can't play football to save his life
Pope spat his dummy out but time " @billy_knott I'm deleting you're number and never speaking to you again I thought we were mates #sellout #judas" then thought he was billy big boll***s starting on a city fan the guys a thug who can't play football to save his life Joshuatoothill
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Joshuatoothill says...

Oh yeah this is pope at his finest http://youtu.be/_heb
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Oh yeah this is pope at his finest http://youtu.be/_heb OS559ZE Joshuatoothill
  • Score: 1

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