JAMES Hanson is in line to make his first return to Valley Parade next month after signing for Bury on loan for the rest of the season.

The former City striker has joined the struggling League One club, who are due to visit the Bantams on February 10, after finding his opportunities limited at Sheffield United.

Hanson has made only two appearances for Chris Wilder's Championship side this season, the last of which came from the bench against Fulham in November.

In total, the 30-year-old has featured 15 times for the Blades since leaving City for a six-figure fee in January 2017.

Bury boss Chris Lucketti said: “James Hanson is a striker that I have admired for a number of years, he's always done well against the sides I've worked for in the past. He should be a great addition to the squad.

“We've been lacking goals and James has been brought in to help us in that department. He's a leader and he has a great presence so I'm sure the lads will enjoy playing with him.

“His scoring record is up there with the best strikers and he'll give you that physical and aerial presence. I'm excited and delighted to have signed him.”

Hanson, who scored 91 goals in 335 games for the Bantams, said: “I'm looking forward to getting going and playing some games. I had a number of other offers but I was really excited by this challenge. "Looking at the squad here there are so many good individual players and I'm looking forward to working with Chris Lucketti."