Speaking at a Fans Forum this evening, Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has confirmed the signing of right back Robert Kozluk until the end of the season.
34-year-old Kozluk featured for City’s reserves in their 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday 10 January; and will cover for the injured Simon Ramsden, who is not expected back until February. Centre back Marcel Seip has filled in at right back for the last two games, but struggled as a previously strong back four – which had conceded just two goals in the five previous matches – shipped in seven goals.
Kozluk may therefore be in line for a first debut against Morecambe on Saturday. His arrival also throws a question mark over the future of Andrew Burns, who joined City last summer as part of the Development Squad and impressed greatly during pre-season. Burns is yet to have a sniff of first team action.
Starting his career at Derby County and making his debut in 1997, Kozluk is best known for his eight years at Sheffield United which eventually saw the Blades promoted to the Premier League. When they were relegated in 2007 after one season Kozluk was one of the players released. He then spent three years at Barnsley before making a surprise return to Bramall Lane in 2010. However, he was again part of a squad relegated – this time from the Championship – and turned down an offer of a new contract to sign for Port Vale, who he left in December after just six appearances.
Meanwhile, Seip and Ricky Ravenhill are expected to extend their stay at Valley Parade, following talks this week.