Andy Cook is Bradford City's seventh January transfer window signing with a brief to provide competition

LOAN: Mansfield Town forward Andy CookLOAN: Mansfield Town forward Andy Cook
LOAN: Mansfield Town forward Andy Cook
Striker Andy Cook has become Bradford City's seventh new signing of the transfer window to bring “healthy competition” to the Bantams.

The 30-year-old joins on loan from Mansfield Town until the end of the season.

Danny Rowe joined from Oldham Athletic last week, and scored at Southend United at the weekend. Clayton Donladson has started just once under unbeaten interim managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, and although Lee Novak was missing through injury at Roots Hall, City are optimistic it will not be a long-term problem.

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Trueman and Sellars have been playing with one centre-forward at the head of their 4-2-3-1 formation, with Billy Clarke usually behind.

Andy is another player we have had eyes on for a while, and another acquisition we are very pleased with,” said the interim managers in a statement.

“He adds more experience to our forward line, and carries a real presence and goal-scoring threat as our newest recruit in attack.

“His record across the EFL is an impressive one, and he is sure to bring even more healthy competition to our side.

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“We are looking forward to getting him out on the grass for us and seeing what he can do in a Bradford City shirt.”

Cook started his career at Carlisle United, and has also played for Walsall, Tranmere Rovers, Grimsby Town and Barrow. He scored in Mansfield's 3-1 victory over Bradford in October but the team's fortunes have been transformed since the change of manager in December.

“As soon as I heard there was interest from Bradford City, I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” said Cook.

“It is not every day you get a call from a club like this one so, for me, it was impossible to turn down.

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“We are on a good run of form at the moment so I want to come in, play games and score goals - to help us keep climbing the table.”

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