Mark Hughes gets Harry Chapman back after Blackburn Rovers exit

Mark Hughes has recruited Harry Chapman in his quest for promotion at Bradford City.

Chapman was a free agent having left Rovers at the end of his contract, with the Bantams winning the race for his signature.

The 24-year-old spent three-and-a-half years at Rovers after returning to a permanent deal from Middlesbrough after a loan spell at Ewood Park in 2017.

Chapman has spent the past 18 months on loan, scoring seven goals in 24 games for Shrewsbury Town in 2021 and then scoring 30 for Burton Albion last time out.

While both were in League One, a division from which Chapman was promoted three times, it was League Two side Bradford who tied him down on a two-year deal.

“I am delighted to be here. It’s been quite a while in the pipeline, but as soon as I got here, looked around, and spoke to the director, I knew I wanted to make this my home for the two next few years,” he said.

“The gaffer and who he is immediately appealed to me, and when I spoke to him about his ambitions for the club, it was something I wanted to jump on board with.

“I’m really excited for the start of the season and hope to help bring this club back to the leagues where they belong.”

Chapman failed to start the league for Rovers after returning in January 2019 after his 2017/18 loan spell was cut short by injury.

Former Rovers boss Hughes, who was named by surprise by Bradford in February.

On signing Chapman, he said: “Harry is a player we are delighted to bring to the club, and he is one we have been monitoring for several weeks.

“He comes with a lot of talent and a lot of experience at a still relatively young age, both in the football league and on the international stage.

“Harry is an exciting player who enjoys entertaining and bringing supporters to the edge of their seat, which is something you look forward to.

“He has the ability to play in a number of different positions and is at an important stage in his career where he has the opportunity to develop further and help us achieve our goals.”

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