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Bradford trio get first contracts

Bradford City

Bradford City have handed three youngsters their first professional contracts at the club.

Midfielders Rory Carson and Luke Dean along with defender Lewis Horne will all been given their chance to break into the first team next season.

Youth-team manager David Wetherall told the Telegraph & Argus: "It's fantastic to get your first pro contract and be able to call yourself a footballer.

"But they haven't made it yet," Wetherall warned.

Carson is a Northern Ireland Under-18 international who spent part of last season on loan at Unibond League side Salford City.

And Wetherall said about the central midfielder: "Rory has flown since going to Salford and really stepped up to the mark.

"Although not the highest level, it was competitive and made him realise what playing in someone's first team was about."

Horne can play across the back four but is likely to focus on left-back.

It's about giving displays that make the manager sit up and eventually pick them for the first team

David Wetherall

He was given a squad number last season and travelled with the team to several away games.

"He's been in and around the squad and I don't see anything fazing him," said Wetherall.

"His attitude to training and to football in general is top drawer."

Dean began last season as a striker but reverted to central midfield six months ago.

Wetherall added: "You'd think he'd need quite a lot of work on the positioning side but he took to it quite naturally. It's suited his strengths a bit more.

"Now they have to go from players who shine at youth level to those who not only play in but are outstanding in the reserves.

"It's about giving displays that make the manager sit up and eventually pick them for the first team."

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