JAMES Vaughan can be a leader on the pitch after becoming City’s ninth summer signing.

The experienced striker, who has played in the Premier League with Everton, arrives at Valley Parade on a three-year deal.

And Gary Bowyer wants his new acquisition to use his know-how on the pitch.

Vaughan said: “I spoke to Gary Bowyer not long after last season had finished and from the moment he phoned me, I had a great feeling about the club and could not wait to get the move done.

“A three-year deal is a big commitment for the club and myself. Having spoken to the manager, I know I am joining a big, ambitious project - which is only moving forward.

“He wants me to be a bit of a leader on the pitch. I feel like I can help in the changing room and am looking forward to taking on this role.

“I am determined to put all my time and effort into this football club in order to try and be a part of something special.

“There is only one thing we can be aiming for this season really. And that is promotion.”

Vaughan finished last season on loan at League One play-off semi-finalists Portsmouth and have previously played for the likes of Sunderland, Norwich, Huddersfield and Bury.

Bowyer said: “This is a fantastic signing for us. Our supporters demand passion and pride and – along with his quality – James brings exactly that.

“He is a leader who sets very high standards, both on and off the pitch.

“James made it very clear he wanted to play for this club and our fans to me from the beginning.”