JAMIE Devitt has returned to Valley Parade eight years on.

The attacking midfielder became City’s second signing in as many days – and 12th of Gary Bowyer’s reign – after he penned a season-long loan from Blackpool.

The 29-year-old Irishman was one of Phil Parkinson’s first arrivals at the club when he joined on a half-season loan from Hull in 2011. But he made only nine appearances, scoring one goal.

Devitt says he is a much-changed character from his first City spell.

He said: "I come back to Bradford as a different person. I was young and immature the first time around.

"This is a fresh start and I cannot wait to get going."

He has spent the last five years in League Two with Morecambe and Carlisle. He scored 12 goals in 38 games last season for the Cumbrians, who were disappointed to see him go.

Devitt only joined Blackpool in the summer but has been out of the picture since former Bantams chief Simon Grayson took over from previous boss Terry McPhillips.

City boss Gary Bowyer said: "Jamie has proved in this division what a great threat he is and we look forward to him contributing goals and providing assists."