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Right-back Luke Hendrie, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday this Sunday, is on the move again and has joined Bradford City on loan until January. His name will be a familiar one to the Bradford City fans; his dad John scored 46 goals in 173 league appearances for the Bantams between 1984 and 1988.

1516 burnley luke hendrie 00 630x420Hendrie has just gone into his third season with Burnley having previously been with Manchester United and Derby, but much of his time has been spent away from Turf Moor. He joined Hartlepool on loan in October 2015, a loan that was cut short after three games because of injury, and then signed for York for the second half of the season for whom he played 18 times in League Two.

Last season he was a regular in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock. He made 33 appearances for them, all starts and 32 of them in the league. He said recently of that loan: “I loved it. I didn’t really know what to expect when I went up there but I really benefited from it and learned a lot on and off the pitch.

“It was about playing first team football and getting experience and I got a lot of that. Playing at Celtic Park in front of crowds like that was brilliant and coming back to Burnley for pre-season I will be a better player.”

Bradford City are currently managed by Stuart McCall who is in his second spell in charge at Valley Parade. He was a team mate of Luke’s dad back in the 1980s before moving on to Everton.

Hopefully, Luke will now get some first team football in League One to add to the experience he’s gained in the last two seasons.

Bradford City head of recruitment Greg Abbott said: “With the end of the summer transfer window coming up, we wanted to ensure we had adequate cover in the right back position, especially if anything happened to Tony McMahon. Luke has a good pedigree, he played a number of games in the Scottish Premier League last season.

“This is not the end of what we want to do in the (transfer) window, but Luke’s arrival gives us a bit more depth to our squad. With the work Luke did last year, he will be more than adequate as cover for Tony, and also actually keep him on his toes in terms of competition.

“Luke wants to come here and do well. This club obviously means a lot to his family with this father playing here, but this move isn’t about sentiment.”

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