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Shay McCartan, released by Burnley in the summer of 2013, has left Accrington Stanley and signed for Bradford City on a three year contract for what has been described as a six figure sum.

1213 burnley shay mccartan 300x400McCartan had a good end to the season in League Two, hitting the net regularly and winning his first full cap for Northern Ireland.

He made one appearance for the Clarets, coming on as a stoppage time substitute for Charlie Austin in a 2-1 win at Doncaster. A year later he was offered a new contract which was then suddenly withdrawn and that led to him signing for Accrington where he’s enjoyed four seasons.

Shay said today: “I am looking forward to a new challenge and it will be exciting to play in League One. I am sorry to leave Accrington. I have had a great four years here. I have loved my time here and they gave me a chance when I was released from Burnley when no one else wanted me.”

He added: “Bradford are obviously a big club and it also means I stay up north as I have lived here since I came to Burnley when I was 16.

“I knew clubs were watching me and it is unsettling so I am glad it is done now, at the start of pre-season, and I can move on with my career. I want to thank all the fans at Accrington who have been superb and supported me in my four years at the club and I wish the club all the best and hope they get promoted this season.”

Accrington manager John Coleman is disappointed to be losing his longest serving player and said: “Shay is a great lad, a superb character and he has worked hard. He has been an excellent servant for the club and showed his talents last season which earned him his first Northern Ireland call up.

“While we don’t want to lose him, we can’t stand in his way and the money will be beneficial to Accrington Stanley. We wish Shay all the best.”

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