Former Bradford City midfielder Luke Dean has signed a 12-month contract with Blue Square Bet North side Harrogate Town. Luke, 21, who had two loan spells at Town last season, made ten appearances and scored one goal for the club.
Bradford born Dean joined the Bradford City’s centre of excellence in 2002 & he went onto make his professional debut as a second half substitute in City’s 2-0 win against Morecambe in March 2010. He made a further five substitute appearances for the Bantams before being released by Phil Parkinson at the end of last season. His progress at Valley Parade was severely hampered after he sustained a broken leg in a pre-season friendly against Eccleshill United in July 2010. Besides Harrogate He also spent time on loan at Hinckley United, FC Halifax Town and Ossett Town.
Also this week defender Jonathan Bateson (another former Bantam) looks set to sign for SPL new boys Ross county – where he is currently on trial. The 22-year-old right-back was at Macclesfield Town last season but he was one of 21 players that were released following their relegation to the Blue Square Bet Premier. Bateson began his career at Blackburn Rovers but never made a first-team appearance. He then moved to Valley Parade in July 2009 and he played for us 27 times before he was released by Peter Taylor at the end of that season.