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Andrew Davies signing shows Bradford City’s promotion intent
Ricky Ravenhill has hailed the return of Andrew Davies as proof that City mean business.
The tough-tackling midfielder is as thrilled as the fans to get the centre half on board for another year.
And he believes it shows the rest of League Two that the Bantams have no plans of being also-rans again.
“When I first signed, the gaffer made it clear that he was passionate about getting the club promoted,” said Ravenhill.
“Last year was about consolidating but he really wanted to get us up next season.
“That was the main reason why I joined and signing Andrew Davies has proved the gaffer is determined to do that.
It’s fantastic news. I don’t think anybody even considered he (Andrew Davies) might sign permanentlyRicky Ravenhill
“It’s fantastic news. I don’t think anybody even considered he might sign permanently.”
Davies is likely to rival Ravenhill for the captain’s armband. He is seen by Phil Parkinson as another leader on the pitch – and Ravenhill doesn’t argue.
He said: “Davo’s a strong character. You know what you’ll get from him.
“Everybody knows what to expect. The fans have already had a taste and seen what he is capable of and signing him shows the intent of the club.
“Players come in looking to take a club to the next level and I imagine he really wants to take us back into League One.
“It gives everyone that added bit of optimism towards next season. It’s the first step towards building a strong squad that can challenge and hopefully put the club back where it belongs.”
Davies could prove the catalyst for other targets currently chewing over Valley Parade offers, including former Bantams forward Andy Gray.
Director of operations David Baldwin said: “Once you trigger one signing, you’ll find that one or two others will follow because of that. Hopefully there will be a bit of a domino effect.
“But there is an element of patience involved because this year is probably seeing a record number of players out of contract.
“It’s about getting the best deal for the right player. It’s an austere time for everybody in regards to economics, so you want to get someone at the best value for money.”