MARK Bower has once again dipped back into the squad that helped him reach successive playoff finishes as Mark Ross has rejoined Bradford (Park Avenue).

Last Friday, Bradford announced the signing of ex player Luca Havern and a week later they have brought back his former defensive partner.

Ross left at the same time as the manager at the end of the 2018/19 season and spent last term in the National League with Chorley, making 19 appearances.

Originally, the defender, who can either play at centre half or right back, started out at the Magpies in 2010. He played a great part in the club's rise through the divisions, up to the National League North.

After six years of service, he moved onto Stockport for one season before linking up with Bower. During his two years at Horsfall, he starred 80 times, keeping 24 clean sheets and scoring just the one goal.

The 31-year-old will again bring vital experience to Bradford's young team and could prove a crucial cog to a defence, which is starting to shape up nicely with the likes of Mitch Lund, Havern and Matt Downing already amongst its ranks.

Ross believes he can repeat the success he achieved in his first spell upon his return to West Yorkshire.

He said: "I am really looking forward to be back playing for Mark and the rest of the coaching team. I only have brilliant memories of the two seasons, I’ve had at the Horsfall and I am coming back to try and create some more.

"I am looking forward to playing with some of the same team, who I already know, and I am excited to play on that new pitch."

Bower added: "When we began to identify players for the new season, Mark was one of the names at the top of the list, so I am delighted that he has agreed to join us.

"When speaking to him, it was clear his main objective was to enjoy his football in a team able to compete. Having worked with us and several of the players before, it is great that he feels we fit the bill.

"Rossy is another who we will be able to count on to perform at a consistent level and help our younger players. He will be a first class example to them."