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Bradford City release Peter Thorne, sign Ryan Kendall

Peter Thorne
Thorne scored 32 goals during his two and a half years at Bradford

Bradford striker Peter Thorne will have his deal terminated by mutual consent this week, and the Bantams have signed Hull's Ryan Kendall to replace him.

The 36-year-old was due to be out of contract in the summer.

Thorne finished as top scorer at Valley Parade for the last two seasons but has seen his time at the club disrupted by a series of injuries.

Kendall, 20, has yet to play for Hull and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Hereford.

Thorne's departure follows that of Michael and Rory Boulding who left the club by mutual consent on Monday.

If Peter [Thorne] wants to come here and help with my coaching, I've offered him that chance

Bradford manager Peter Taylor

Bradford manager Peter Taylor told the Telegraph & Argus: "It was very hard for me to speak to them. I still don't know exactly what's happening next season.

"But I said that if I am here, I didn't think I would be offering them another contract.

"Their response was terrific. They were both so respectful and totally understanding."

Thorne was one of former manager Stuart McCall's first captures when he arrived in July 2007.

After signing a new contract for the following season, Thorne missed much of the campaign with persistent neck and shoulder problems.

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He considered retirement towards the end of the campaign but signed a further one-year deal for the 2009-2010 season.

However, he started only three matches this season as injuries continued to hamper his time at the club.

Taylor said: "It's a bit different with Peter. Michael has had a frustrating time with the club while Peter has been an absolute legend here.

"If Peter wants to come here and help with my coaching, I've offered him that chance."

"Ryan is full of energy and will run all over the place," Taylor said of his new signing. "He puts defenders under pressure."



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