TYLER French has become City’s second central-defensive capture of the summer.

French makes the jump from the Bostik League North after signing for a nominal fee from AFC Sudbury on a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the best young prospects outside of the Football League and had been tracked by other clubs.

But Gary Bowyer made his move after being impressed with French’s performance in a trial game against Middlesbrough.

The City boss said: “I got a phone call and somebody marked my card about him. We then got him in and he did well training and in the game.

“Tyler’s a good size with good pace. He’s been on trial at Leicester and Crystal Palace and he’s got loads of development to come but he’s a good project for us.

“I’m looking at it that he’s very hungry. He’s got a great attitude, wants to improve and take this opportunity that we’ve provided for him.

“He’s going to need a bedding-in process to get used to full-time training but we’re really looking forward to working with him. I liked what I saw.”

French follows Ben Richards-Everton to Valley Parade as part of Bowyer’s summer overhaul following City’s relegation to League Two.

French admitted: “Words cannot describe how I am feeling. It is all surreal.

“Gary had nothing but positive words for me and was keen to get me in straight away. I could not think of anywhere better to be than Bradford.

“I am solid defensively, quick and good on the ball. I like to play out from the back.

“Expect big things from me because I will give my absolute all for the shirt and the badge.”